5 October 2011

ARC congratulates our Nobel Fellow

The Australian Research Council (ARC) today congratulates Australian cosmologist and ARC Fellow, Brian Schmidt, on receiving the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Professor Schmidt shares the honour with American astrophysicists Adam Reiss and Saul Permutter on the discovery—through their observations of distant supernovae—that the universe is not only expanding, but accelerating in its expansion.

Chief Executive Officer of the ARC, Professor Margaret Sheil, said the ARC was proud to support Professor Schmidt, who is currently head of the High-z Supernova Search Team at the Australian National University.

“As always, the ARC continues to support outstanding research of international repute, which has once again been shown with ARC Fellow Professor Schmidt receiving this accolade,” Professor Sheil said.

“Professor Schmidt is a recipient of a 2009 ARC  Australian Laureate Fellowship, and is node Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky astrophysics (CAASTRO).

“Professor Schmidt’s role in this groundbreaking discovery is an important step for science and will further serve to strengthen Australia’s reputation as an international leader in research in the field of astrophysics.”

The Australian Research Council Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme attracts the world’s best researchers to Australia, to continue fostering excellence in research.
Media contaact:
Liz Visher - ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 063 056 or communications@arc.gov.au