Mexican astrophysicist receives recognition from Queen Elizabeth II

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

Carlos Frenk is currently one of the world leaders in space science.

Carlos Frenk is a renowned Mexican astrophysicist who has excelled globally for his research on cold obscure matter theory for the formation of galaxies and the structure of the universe.

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The Mexican was recognized by Queen Elizabeth II as Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) thanks to its services to cosmology and the public dissemination of basic science, this in commemoration of the monarch's birthday.

He completed much of his training as a physicist in Mexico and is a graduate of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in addition to having a doctorate in astronomy from the University of Cambridge.

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Frenk is also director of the Institute of Computational Cosmology at Durham University, and before the recognition of the British royalty was grateful, he assured that "scientific research is a collaborative enterprise and he sees this honor as an acknowledgment of the contribution of many of his colleagues".

In conjunction with his team, the astrophysicist has also performed cosmos simulators through high-power supercomputers that emulate real-world observations.

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In addition he has created technology that is currently used by cosmologists from all over the world, within the research of the formation of stars and galaxies.

The Mexican was also awarded the 2014 gold medal in astronomy, the highest honor bestowed by the Royal Astronomical Society, which has been given in previous occasions to personalities like Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage and Edwin Hubble, among others.

As part of his work he has also been recognized as a spokesperson for science and has collaborated in various international programs and is currently considered one of the world leaders in space science.

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