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Esquire Magazine named him to its list of the “Best and

Brightest of 2003,” saying that this “world’s foremost

stargazer is fundamentally changing how we understand our

universe—its age, its contents, its scope, and, most of all, its

destiny. Meet the Edwin Hubble of our time.”

Dr. Adam G. Riess is an associate astronomer at the Space

Telescope Science Institute and an Adjunct Professor at the

Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Riess

received his BS in physics from the Massachusetts Institute

of Technology in 1992 and his PhD from Harvard University

in 1996. Between 1996 and 1999 Riess was a Miller Fellow at

the University of California at Berkeley. He joined the faculty

of Space Telescope Science Institute in 1999.

In 1998, Dr. Riess published the first evidence that the expansion

of the universe was accelerating and that it was filled

with dark energy, a discovery that was called the Breakthrough

Discovery of the Year by Science magazine that year. In 1999,

he received the Robert J. Trumpler Award from the Astronomical

Society of the Pacific for the doctoral thesis with

the greatest impact in astrophysics. In 2000, Time named Dr.

Riess one of hundred “Innovators of the Future,” one of only

six in the sciences.