Saul Perlmutter

Nobel Laureate, Professor, Senior Scientist
Department of Physics; Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Saul Perlmutter is a 2011 Nobel Laureate, sharing the prize in physics for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe. He is a professor of physics at UC Berkeley, where he holds the Franklin W. and Karen Weber Dabby Chair, and a senior scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is the leader of the international Supernova Cosmology Project, director of the Berkeley Institute for Data Science and executive director of the Berkeley Center for Cosmological Physics. His interest in scientific-style critical thinking, and principled approaches to weaving values, fears, goals, and priorities into rational group decision-making led to the development of interdisciplinary courses at Cal called “Sense and Sensibility and Science” and “Science and Physics & Music,” which he has been teaching to undergraduates for more than a decade. An author of hundreds of articles on cosmology, Perlmutter has also written popular articles and appeared in numerous PBS, Discovery Channel, and BBC documentaries. In addition to other awards and honorary doctorates, he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.