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Paul Davies


Professor Paul Davies AM is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist and astrobiologist. He is Regents’ Professor of Physics and Director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, where he also runs a cancer research project and co-directs a cosmology programme. His research ranges from the origin of the universe to the origin of life and the nature of time.

Davies has written several hundred research papers and articles, and about 30 books, many for the general public, the latest being The Eerie Silence: are we alone in the universe? He was recently described by Nature magazine as ‘The Disruptor’ on account of his provocative scientific thinking. He is a recipient of the Templeton Prize, the Faraday Prize of The Royal Society, the Kelvin Medal of the UK Institute of Physics and the Robinson Cosmology Prize. The asteroid 1992 OG was renamed (6870) Pauldavies in recognition of his work on cosmic impacts.

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