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Amaldi gold medal for Viatcheslav Mukhanov

Munich, December 7, 2012

Cosmologist Professor Viatcheslav Mukhanov of the Faculty of Physics at LMU Munich has been awarded this year's Amaldi gold medal of the Italian Society for General Relativity and Gravitation (SIGRAV). Mukhanov received the prize for his contributions to the origin of structure in the Universe.

The prize has been awarded since 2006. Previous prize winners include other famous personalities in the area of general relativity: Roger Penrose, Bernard Schutz, Sergio Ferrara und Thibault Damour.

Cosmology and astro-particle physics are main research areas of Mukhanov's. Already in 1981, he predicted the quantum-mechanical origin of large-scale structures in the Universe. In his more recent research, he originated the field theories of the dominance of Dark Energy in the Universe.