Carlos Frenk

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Carlos Frenk
Carlos Frenk at NAM 2012 1.jpg
Carlos Frenk in 2012
Born Carlos Silvestre Frenk
(1951-10-27) 27 October 1951 (age 66)[1]
Residence Durham, England
Citizenship Mexican, British
Alma mater University of Mexico (BSc)
University of Cambridge (PhD)
Awards Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2011)
Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (2014)
Scientific career
Fields Astrophysics[2]
Institutions Durham University
Virgo Consortium
University of Sussex
University of California, Santa Barbara
University of California, Berkeley
Thesis Globular clusters in the galaxy and in the Large Magellanic Cloud (1981)
Doctoral advisor Bernard J. T. Jones[3]

Carlos Silvestre Frenk, CBE FRS (born 27 October 1951)[1] is a Mexican-British cosmologist.[4] His main interests lie in the field of cosmology, galaxy formation and computer simulations of cosmic structure formation.[2]


Frenk was educated at the University of Mexico[1][5] and went on to study for a PhD in astronomy at the University of Cambridge where his thesis was supervised by Bernard J. T. Jones[3] and awarded in 1981. [6]

Career and research[edit]

Frenk was the inaugural Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics at Durham University in 2001, following an endowment by Peter Ogden.[7] He still[when?] 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.[citation needed]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2004[8] and is a member of the Royal Society's Council.[9] He won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2014.[10] 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.[17] He was interviewed by Kirsty Young for Desert Island Discs, first broadcast in 2018.[5]


  1. ^ a b c 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.  closed access publication – behind paywall (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Carlos Frenk publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ a b Carlos Frenk at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ "Carlos Frenk curriculum vitae" (PDF).  (90.3 KB)
  5. ^ a b "Professor Carlos Frenk, Desert Island Discs - BBC Radio 4". BBC. 
  6. ^ Frenk, Carlos Silvestre (1981). Globular clusters in the galaxy and in the Large Magellanic Cloud. (PhD thesis). University of Cambridge. OCLC 556480531. EThOS 
  7. ^ University of Durham Department of Physics, Research in the Department: Status and Outlook, March 2005. Retrieved 23 July 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Carlos Frenk". 
  9. ^ "- Royal Society". 
  10. ^ "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. 
  11. ^ "Born medal recipients". Institute of Physics. Retrieved 6 April 2017. 
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 March 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2014. ], Royal Astronomical Society
  13. ^ "Carlos Frenk - The Gruber Foundation". 
  14. ^ Physics, Institute of. "2010 Hoyle medal and prize". 
  15. ^ [1][dead link]
  16. ^ 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". 
  17. ^ "No. 61962". The London Gazette (Supplement). 17 June 2017. p. B8. 

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