Awardee: Prof. Charles L. Bennett

Professor of Physics and Astronomy and a Gilman Scholar at Johns Hopkins University - Baltimora (USA)

Motivation: "For Dr. Bennett's leadership in two experiments on the Cosmic Microwave Background that literally changed our view of the Universe: COBE-DMR, leading to the discovery of primordial spatial fluctuations in the CMB, and WMAP, leading to precise measurements of the cosmological parameters and establishing -de facto- the Standard Cosmological Model".