Jo Dunkley

Princeton University

2020 New Horizons in Physics Prize

For the development of novel techniques to extract fundamental physics from astronomical data.


I find it extraordinary that we can point telescopes at the sky and learn so much about our Universe. It is enormously fun, made so by working with talented and enthusiastic colleagues. We all play our part and together achieve something that none of us could do alone. I was extremely lucky to work on NASA’s WMAP satellite team soon after my PhD, and discovered the thrill of exploring new cosmological data. Since then I have had a wonderful time doing science on both sides of the Atlantic, mostly with the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and the Planck satellite. I am so grateful to the students and postdocs who make it all possible, and I owe a huge amount to the advisers and mentors who have guided me intellectually and helped me navigate becoming a mother and a scientist.

Jo Dunkley

Breakthrough Prize Symposium Talks