Brian P. Schmidt

Australian National University

Primary Section: 12, Astronomy
Secondary Section: 13, Physics
Membership Type:
Member (elected 2008)


Professor Schmidt is the 12th Vice-Chancellor of The Australian National University (ANU), and co-recipient of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.  Professor Schmidt received undergraduate degrees in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 1989, and completed his Astronomy Master’s degree (1992) and PhD (1993) from Harvard University. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating.  In addition to being a Fellow of the United States Academy of Science, he is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Fellow of the Royal Society, Foreign Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Exact Sciences, and Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013.

Research Interests

Schmidt continues to work in a broad range of topics including cosmology, stellar transients including supernovae, the most metal poor stars, and astronomical surveys.

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