Saul Perlmutter

American astrophysicist and Nobel laureate

Saul Perlmutter (born September 22, 1959) is an American astrophysicist. He worked at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Saul Perlmutter
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Saul Perlmutter during the Nobel week 2011
Born (1959-09-22) September 22, 1959 (age 61)
NationalityUnited States
EducationHarvard University (AB)
University of California, Berkeley (PhD)
Known forAccelerating universe / Dark energy
Spouse(s)Laura Nelson (1 child)
AwardsErnest Orlando Lawrence Award (2002)
Shaw Prize in Astronomy (2006)
Gruber Prize in Cosmology (2007)
Nobel Prize in Physics (2011)
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Doctoral advisorRichard A. Muller[1]

Perlmutter won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.


  1. Goldhaber, Gerson (2009). "The Acceleration of the Expansion of the Universe: A Brief Early History of the Supernova Cosmology Project (SCP)". Proceedings of the 8th UCLA Dark Matter Symposium. 1166: 53–72. arXiv:0907.3526. Bibcode:2009AIPC.1166...53G. doi:10.1063/1.3232196. S2CID 15163786.