James Peebles, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were declared as the winners of 2019 Nobel prize in physics. They were announced as winners at a ceremony in Stockholm.
According to Nobel Committee, they were awarded the prize for work on the evolution of the Universe and the discovery of a distant planet around a Sun-like star in 1995.
“They tell us something essential, something existential about our place in the Universe,” said a member of the Committee.
While, Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz were awarded the prize for finding 51 Pegasi b, a gas giant orbiting a star 50 light-years away; Canada-born James Peebles was honoured for his contributions to the understanding of the evolution of the Universe and Earth’s place in the cosmos.
The winners will share the prize money of nine million kronor (£738,000).