Legendary minds

Adam Riess

Adam Riess is an acclaimed American astrophysicist and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor with tenure at the prestigious Johns Hopkins University. As a scholar at the world renowned Space Telescope Science Institute, he is internationally known for his research using supernovae as cosmological probes, for which he won the Nobel Prize.

Considered an intellectual leader in his field, Riess has been the recipient of numerous academic accolades, including the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy before the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, for his role in the discovery of evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Riess and his co-researchers noted that the phenomenon is widely attributed to an unexplained “dark energy,” or “dark matter” filling the universe. The discovery was a significant scientific breakthrough, reshaping how physicists study our universe, and our place in it.