The Tomalla Foundation for Gravity Research promotes research into gravity in Switzerland and in the world. It was founded in 1982 according to testamentary wishes of Dr. Walter Tomalla, an engineer from Basel, Switzerland. Every third year, the foundation awards prizes for exceptional research in gravitation and/or cosmology, and funds research fellows and visitors for gravity research at Swiss universities.
Tomalla Prize laureates
List of Tomalla prize laureates:
- Kip Thorne
- Scott Tremaine - for his contribution to gravitational dynamics.
- Viatcheslav Mukhanov - for his contributions to inflationary cosmology and especially for the determination of the density perturbation spectrum from inflation.
- Alexei Starobinsky - for his pioneering contributions to inflationary cosmology and especially for the determination of the spectrum of gravitational waves generated during inflation.
- Demetrios Christodoulou
- Jim Peebles
- Gustav Tammann - for his efforts in measuring the expansion rate of the universe and especially for his pioneering work using Supernovae as standard candles.
- Werner Israel
- Allan Sandage
- Joseph Hooton Taylor, Jr.
- Andrei Sakharov - for his fundamental contribution to the problem of the matter - antimatter asymmetry in the Universe and his new ideas on gravity at a fundamental level (induced gravity).
- Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
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