Canadian-born cosmologist James Peebles and Swiss scientists Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics for shedding light on the evolution of the universe and discovering planets orbiting distant suns.

He was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba before moving to New Jersey to attend Princeton University for graduate studies. He is a physics professor at Princeton.

Professor Peebles was awarded half the 9-million-Swedish-crown ($910,000) prize while Mayor and Queloz, from the University of Geneva in Switzerland, shared the other half.

“This year’s Laureates have transformed our ideas about the cosmos,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said in a statement.

You can read more about Professor Peebles’ discovery in Discovery: Research at Princeton magazine.

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