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Written by:
Kathryn Martin-Chambers
06 Sep 2019

Jo Dunkley, Trinity Hall alumna and professor of physics and astrophysical sciences at Princeton, has won the 2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize.

The prize, shared with Samaya Nissanke of the University of Amsterdam and Kendrick Smith of the Perimeter Institute, has been awarded for “development of novel techniques to extract fundamental physics from astronomical data”.

Jo matriculated at Trinity Hall in 1997 to study Natural Sciences. In 2017, she was part of a 27-member team that was awarded the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for their pioneering work on the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) NASA satellite.

The New Horizons in Physics Prize is one of six prizes awarded to scientists in recognition of early-career achievements in physics and mathematics. They are part of a suite of prizes awarded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. Now in its eighth year, the Breakthrough Prize annually recognises achievements in the life sciences, fundamental physics and mathematics.