Brian Schmidt

Brian Schmidt
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Schmidt at the 2012 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
Brian Paul Schmidt

(1967-02-24) 24 February 1967 (age 51)
Missoula, Montana,
United States
NationalityAmerican Australian[1]
Alma materUniversity of Arizona (1989), Harvard University (1993)
Spouse(s)Jennifer M. Gordon
Scientific career
InstitutionsAustralian National University
Type II supernovae, expanding photospheres, and the extragalactic distance scale (1993)
Doctoral advisorRobert Kirshner[3]

Brian Paul Schmidt AC, FRS, FAA (born on 24 February 1967 in Missoula, Montana) is the Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University (ANU).[4][5][6] He was previously a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at the University's Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. He is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. He currently holds an Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2012.[2] Schmidt shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, making him the only Montana-born Nobel laureate.

Early life and education

Interview with Brian Schmidt after his Nobel lecture

Schmidt, an only child, was born on 24 February 1967, in Missoula, Montana, where his father Dana C. Schmidt was a fisheries biologist. When he was 13, his family relocated to Anchorage, Alaska.[7][8]

Schmidt attended Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, and graduated in 1985. He has said that he wanted to be a meteorologist "since I was about five-years-old [but] ... I did some work at the USA National Weather Service up in Anchorage and didn't enjoy it very much. It was less scientific, not as exciting as I thought it would be—there was a lot of routine. But I guess I was just a little naive about what being a meteorologist meant." His decision to study astronomy, which he had seen as "a minor pastime", was made just before he enrolled at university.[9] Even then, he was not fully committed: he said "I'll do astronomy and change into something else later", and just never made that change.[10]

He graduated with a BS (Physics) and BS (Astronomy) from the University of Arizona in 1989.[11] He received his AM (Astronomy) in 1992 and then PhD (Astronomy) in 1993 from Harvard University.[12] Schmidt's PhD thesis was supervised by Robert Kirshner and used Type II Supernovae to measure the Hubble Constant.[13][3][14]

While at Harvard, he met his future wife, the Australian (Jenny) Jennifer M. Gordon who was a PhD student in economics. In 1994, they moved to Australia.[7][11]

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