He won the award “for theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology.”
Peebles is a physics professor at Princeton University in New Jersey.
He was born in St. Boniface, Man., and did his undergraduate studies at the University of Manitoba before moving to Princeton for graduate studies.
He shares the prize with Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz.
Mayor and Queloz won “for the discovery of an exoplanet orbiting a solar-type star.”
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