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George Efstathiou

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George Efstathiou
Residence File:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg UK
Nationality File:Flag of the United Kingdom.svg British
Fields Cosmology
Institutions University of California Berkeley
Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
University of Oxford
Alma mater Keble College, Oxford
University of Durham
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Notable awards Maxwell Medal and Prize (1990)
Heineman Prize (2005)
Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2011)

George Petros Efstathiou FRS is a British astrophysicist who is Professor of Astrophysics and Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology at the University of Cambridge. He was previously Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford.


Efstathiou was educated at Tottenham Grammar School which he left at age 16 and to which he returned as a lab technician. He then studied at Keble College, Oxford and the University of Durham. He was a research assistant in the Astronomy Department of University of California Berkeley from 1979 to 1980, then moved to the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge, holding research fellowships at King's College, Cambridge from 1980 to 1988. He was appointed as Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford in 1988 (a post that he held in conjunction with a fellowship at New College, Oxford) and served as Head of Astrophysics between 1988 and 1994. He returned to Cambridge in 1997 as Professor of Astrophysics (1909) and a Fellow of King's College. Efstathiou served as Director of the Institute of Astronomy between 2004 and 2008.He became the first Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmology in 2008.[1]

Awards and honours

He was awarded the Maxwell Medal and Prize of the Institute of Physics in 1990, and appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1994, the same year in which he was awarded the Bodossaki Foundation Academic and Cultural Prize for Astrophysics. Other awards in the Robinson Prize in Cosmology (University of Newcastle, 1997) and the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (American Institute of Physics and American Astronomical Society, 2005).[1] He received the Gruber Prize in Cosmology for 2011 jointly with Marc Davis, Carlos Frenk and Simon White.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Efstathiou, Prof. George Petros". Who's Who 2010. Oxford University Press. November 2009. Retrieved 3 March 2010. 

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