Carlos Frenk

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Carlos Frenk

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Carlos Frenk in 2012
Carlos Silvestre Frenk

(1951-10-27) 27 October 1951 (age 71)
CitizenshipMexican, British
Alma materUniversity of Mexico (BSc)
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Scientific career
InstitutionsDurham University
Virgo Consortium
University of Sussex
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
ThesisGlobular clusters in the galaxy and in the Large Magellanic Cloud (1981)
Doctoral advisorBernard J. T. Jones

Carlos Silvestre Frenk CBE FRS (born 27 October 1951)[1] is a Mexican-British cosmologist and the Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics at Durham University.[2][3] His main interests lie in the fields of cosmology, galaxy formation and computer simulations of cosmic structure formation.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Carlos Frenk was born in Mexico City, Mexico and is the eldest son of six siblings.[5] His father is a German Jewish doctor who emigrated from Germany at the age of 7, fleeing persecution in the lead up to World War II. His mother is a Mexican–Spanish pianist.[6]

Frenk studied engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico but later changed to Theoretical Physics, earning an undergraduate degree in 1976.[1][7] Later that year he secured a British Council Fellowship and enrolled at the University of Cambridge to read Part III of the Mathematical Tripos, which he was awarded in 1977. He remained at Cambridge for doctoral studies under the supervision of Bernard J. T. Jones[8] and was awarded a PhD in astronomy in 1981.[9]

Career and research[edit]

Following an endowment from Peter Ogden in 2001, Frenk became the inaugural Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics at Durham University and continues to hold this position today.[2] He is also co-Principal Investigator of the Virgo Consortium, alongside Simon White.[10] Frenk became the Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology when it was established in 2001. He held this post until 2020 when he was succeeded by Shaun Cole.[11][12]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004[13] and is a member of the Royal Society's Council.[14] He won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014.[15] Other awards and honours include:

Frenk was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2017 Birthday Honours for services to cosmology and the public dissemination of basic science.[25] He was interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs, first broadcast in 2018.[7]



  1. ^ a b Anon (2017). "Frenk, Prof. Carlos Silvestre". Who's Who. (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. doi:10.1093/ww/9780199540884.013.U16471. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b University of Durham Department of Physics, Research in the Department: Status and Outlook, March 2005. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Carlos Frenk curriculum vitae" (PDF). (90.3 KB)
  4. ^ Carlos Frenk publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ "Carlos Frenk". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  6. ^ "Professor Carlos Frenk". Desert Island Discs. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 28 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Professor Carlos Frenk, Desert Island Discs – BBC Radio 4". BBC.
  8. ^ Carlos Frenk at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  9. ^ Frenk, Carlos Silvestre (1981). Globular clusters in the galaxy and in the Large Magellanic Cloud. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 556480531. EThOS
  10. ^ "Virgo Consortium | People". Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Professor Frenk's cv". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Institute for Computational Cosmology - Durham University". Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  13. ^ a b c "Carlos Frenk".
  14. ^ "- Royal Society".
  15. ^ "2014 winners of the RAS awards, medals and prizes". Royal Astronomical Society. 10 January 2014. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  16. ^ "Prestigious award for galaxy evolution research". 24 August 2021. Retrieved 24 August 2021.
  17. ^ "2020 Paul Dirac Medal and Prize". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Clarivate Reveals 2020 Citation Laureates - Annual List of Researchers of Nobel Class". PR Newswire. 23 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Born medal recipients". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  20. ^ "The Royal Astronomical Society". Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014.], Royal Astronomical Society
  21. ^ "Carlos Frenk – The Gruber Foundation".
  22. ^ Physics, Institute of. "2010 Hoyle medal and prize".
  23. ^ [1][dead link]
  24. ^ Crass, Institute of Astronomy – Design by D.R. Wilkins and S.J. "Daniel Chalonge Medal 2013 been awarded to Professor Gerard F. Gilmore FRS – Institute of Astronomy".
  25. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B8.


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