Groundbreaking work in astronomy win 3 scientists 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics

Swiss astronomers Didier Queloz (left) and Michel Mayor at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland on Aug 11, 2005. They share half the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, while Dr James Peebles was awarded the othe
Swiss astronomers Didier Queloz (left) and Michel Mayor at the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Geneva in Versoix, Switzerland on Aug 11, 2005. They share half the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics, while Dr James Peebles was awarded the other half.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

STOCKHOLM (REUTERS) - Scientists James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics for groundbreaking work in astronomy, the award-giving body said on Tuesday (Oct 8).

Dr Peebles was awarded half the prize, while Dr Mayor and Dr Queloz shared the other half.

"This year's Laureates have transformed our ideas about the cosmos," the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences said on awarding the nine million Swedish crown (S$1.35 million) prize.

"While James Peebles' theoretical discoveries contributed to our understanding of how the universe evolved after the Big Bang, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz explored our cosmic neighbourhoods on the hunt for unknown planets. Their discoveries have forever changed our conceptions of the world."