Australian Astrophysicist Joint-Winner Of Nobel Prize!

Yes, I know, I know – we’ve enjoyed the Australian wins for the Ig-Nobel’s already – but here’s the real deal and Australians are featured! From ABC News:

Australian National University astronomer Brian Schmidt has been named a joint winner of the 2011 Nobel physics prize for his research into supernovae. The prize was awarded “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe through observations of distant supernovae”, the Nobel Committee for Physics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, said.

Natasha Mitchell, ABC Journalist, tweeted that it was heralding the ‘next generation’ in terms of prize winners. Full Press Release featured here.

While I’m very happy about that, I’m additionally happy about the decision NOT to take the prize from the recently-deceased Nobel Laureate in Medicine, Ralph Steinman.

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