TGF Cosmology Prize

The Cosmology Prize of the Gruber Foundation is awarded annually to one or more scientists of any nationality working in the fields of astronomy, physics, mathematics, and philosophy of science, for scientific advances in our understanding of the Universe and how we perceive it. The Cosmology Prize recipients are selected by an international Advisory Board of seven members, nominated by the IAU and three other international scientific unions in fields relevant to cosmology. The Cosmology Prize consists of a gold medal and a cash prize of, as of 2019, US$ 500,000.

Gruber Cosmology Prize recipients

The Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize Recipient 2024


Past TGF Cosmology Prize Recipients

2024 Marcia Rieke (University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory)
2023 Richard Ellis (University College London)
2022 Frank Eisenhauer (Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics)
2021 Marc Kamionkowski (Johns Hopkins University),Uroš Seljak (University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) and Matias Zaldarriaga (Institute for Advanced Study)
2020 Lars Hernquist (Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian) and Volker Springel (Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics)
2019 Nicholas Kaiser (École Normale Supérieure, France) and Joseph Ivor Silk (Institute d'Astrophysique de Paris, France)
2018 Planck Team, Jean-Loup Puget (Université Paris XI, France) and Nazzareno Mandolesi (INAF, Italy)
2017 Sandra M. Faber (University of Californa, Santa Cruz, USA)
2016 Ronald Drever (California Institute of Technology, USA), Kip Thorne (California Institute of Technology, USA), Rainer Weiss (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA) and the entire Laser Interferometer Gravitational‐Wave Observatory (LIGO) discovery team.


John E. Carlstrom (University of Chicago, USA), Jeremiah P. Ostriker (Columbia University, New York, USA) and Lyman A. Page, Jr. (Princeton University, New Jersey, USA)
2014 Jaan Einasto (University of Tartu, Estonia), Kenneth Freeman (Australian National University, Canberra, Australia), R. Brent Tully (Institute of Astronomy, Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA) and Sidney van den Bergh (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory, British Columbia, Canada)


Viatcheslav Mukhanov (Ludwig‐Maximilians‐Universität, Germany) and Alexei Starobinsky (Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, Russia)
2012 Charles Bennett (Johns Hopkins University, USA) and the WMAP Team
2011 Marc Davis (University of California at Berkeley, USA), George Efstathiou (Kavli Institute for Cosmology, UK), Carlos Frenk (Durham University, UK) and Simon White (Max-Planck Institute for Astrophysics, Germany)
2010 Charles Steidel (California Institute of Technology, USA)
2009 Wendy Freedman (Carnegie Institution of Washington, CA, USA), Robert Kennicutt (Cambridge, UK) and Jeremy Mould (University of Melbourne School of Physics, Australia)
2008 J. Richard Bond (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Cosmology and Gravity Program)
2007 Saul Perlmutter and Brian P. Schmidt and their teams: the Supernova Cosmology Project and the High-z Supernova Search Team (Australia, Chile, France, Spain, Sweden, UK, USA)
2006 John C. Mather (Greenbelt, MD, USA) and the Cosmic Background Explorer Team
2005 James E. Gunn (Princeton, NJ, USA)
2004 Alan Guth (Cambridge, MA, USA) and Andrei Linde (Stanford, CA, USA)
2003 Rasjid A. Sunyaev (Moscow, Russian Federation; and Garching, Germany)
2002 Vera C. Rubin (Washington, DC, USA)
2001 Martin J. Rees (Cambridge, UK)
2000 Allan R. Sandage (Pasadena, CA, USA) and James E. Peebles (Princeton, NJ, USA)



The Gruber Cosmology Prize is announced  jointly by the TGF and the IAU, at a venue which has a tradition in astronomy. In the year of an IAU General Assembly, the Cosmology Prize is announced during the Opening Ceremony of that General Assembly.


Nominations for the Gruber Cosmology Prize 2025 will close on 15 December 2024. Nominations should follow the instructions given in :