Professor Carlos Frenk

08 October 2020

Carlos Frenk is the Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and founding Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology of Durham University.  He is one of the originators of the “Cold dark matter” theory for the formation of structure in our Universe.  Along with collaborators from across the world, he builds model universes, based on the known laws of physics. Using powerful supercomputers, Frenk and colleagues try to understand how our Universe evolved from the simple beginnings of the Big Bang to the present day and how it developed the complex structures, composed of stars and galaxies, that we see around us today.

Frenk is the Principal Investigator of the Virgo consortium, the leading international collaboration in cosmological supercomputer simulations. He has published over 500 scientific papers and is one of the most frequently cited authors in the space science literature.  He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and has received numerous prizes, including the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, The Max Born medal from the German Physics Society, the Gruber Cosmology prize, the Hoyle medal, the George Darwin Prize, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Oort Professorship, the Royal Society Wolfson award, etc. He was made a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s 2017 birthday list. He features regulary on radio and TV.

Frenk was instrumental in obtaining external funding for a landmark building at Durham designed by New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind which was opened in March 2017.