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NERSC Resources Have Played a Part in Six Nobel Prize Winning Discoveries
Six Nobel Prize-winning researchers or teams have used NERSC resources in their work, including two Berkeley Lab astrophysicists who made breakthrough discoveries about the nature of the universe.
George Smoot, professor of physics at UC Berkeley and an astrophysicist at Berkeley Lab, won the 2006 Nobel Prize for physics for his cosmic microwave background radiation data analysis. Smoot used NERSC supercomputers to confirm predictions of the Big Bang theory.
Saul Perlmutter, a professor of physics at UC Berkeley and a faculty senior scientist at Berkeley Lab, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1998 discovery that the universe is expanding at an accelerating rate. He confirmed his observations by running thousands of simulations at NERSC, and his research team is believed to have been the first to use supercomputers to analyze and validate observational data in cosmology. Our flagship high performance computing system is named Perlmutter in his honor.
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