Carlos Frenk

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Carlos Silvestre Frenk
Carlos Frenk at NAM 2012 1.jpg
Carlos Frenk in 2012
Born (1951-10-27) October 27, 1951 (age 65)
Residence Durham, England
Citizenship Mexican, British
Fields cosmology, galaxy formation and computer simulations of cosmic structure formation
Institutions Durham University
Principal Investigator of the Virgo Consortium
University of Sussex
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
Education BSc University of Mexico
PhD University of Cambridge
Thesis  (1981)
Notable awards Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014

Carlos Silvestre Frenk, FRS (born October 27, 1951) is a Mexican-British cosmologist. His main interests lie in the field of cosmology, galaxy formation and computer simulations of cosmic structure formation. He won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014.[1]


He was the inaugural Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics at Durham University in 2001, following an endowment by Sir Peter Ogden.[2] He still holds this chair, and is Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology at Durham, which is part of the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics. He is also Principal Investigator of the Virgo Consortium.


He received a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Cambridge in 1981. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the Society's Council.[3]

Fellowships and awards[edit]

  • 2017 Max Born Prize of the German Physical Society [4]
  • 2014 Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society[5]
  • 2013 Alexander von Humboldt Research Award
  • 2013 Lansdowne Visitor, UVic, Canada
  • 2013 The Biermann Lectures, Max Planck Society
  • 2011 Gruber Prize in Cosmology ($500,000, jointly w. M. Davis, G. Efstathiou, S. White)[6]
  • 2010 Hoyle Medal and Prize, Institute of Physics [7]
  • 2010 George Darwin Lectureship, Royal Astronomical Society[8]
  • 2007 Daniel Chalonge medal, Observatoire de Paris[9]
  • 2006 Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award
  • 2006 The Withrow lecture, Royal Astronomical Society
  • 2004 Elected Fellow of the Royal Society[10]
  • 2004 Ranked 2nd most cited author in Space Sciences in the world in the past 10 years.
  • 2002 Ranked 5th most cited physical scientist in UK since 1980
  • 2000-2001 Leverhulme Research Fellowship
  • 2000 Ranked 16th most cited physical scientist in the UK during the 1990s
  • 1996-1999 PPARC Senior Fellowship
  • 1992-1993 Sir Derman Christopherson Fellowship, University of Durham
  • 1991-1992 Nuffield Foundation Science Research Fellowship
  • 1985 SERC Advanced Fellowship (declined)
  • 1976-1979 British Council Fellowship
  • 1976 Gabino Barreda medal for first place in Theor. Phys. degree