Jo Dunkley, Professor of Physics and Astrophysical Sciences, is the 2020 recipient of Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize and has been awarded the medal of the “Schola Physica Romana”. The prize citation highlights Professor Dunkley’s work in “the development of innovative analysis methods for Cosmic Microwave Background anisotropy and polarization data, efficiently constraining both cosmology and fundamental physics, and producing a unifying view of the Physical Universe.” Jo Dunkley’s research is in cosmology, the branch of astronomy studying the origins and evolution of the Universe. She works closely with Princeton faculty Suzanne Staggs, Lyman Page and David Spergel, and with many Princeton students and post-docs, on the Atacama Cosmology Telescope and Simons Observatory projects.
The Tomossoni Chisesi Prize encourages and recognizes scientists making outstanding advances in the Physical Sciences. An award ceremony takes place each year with the prize recipient receiving a monetary sum of 40,000 Euros. Professor Dunkley has chosen to donate the proceeds to the National Society of Black Physicists.