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Student wins national competition award

(19 May 2006)

Rob Crain receiving his award

A Durham University student has won an award for his research at a national event for Britain’s young researchers.

Rob Crain, a PhD student at the Institute for Computational Cosmology in Durham University’s Physics department, was awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Commendation Award for his presentation of computer simulations of the formation of galaxies that the ICC performed. The simulations show that the Universe evolved from the Big Bang to the present under the influence of two mysterious components, dark matter and dark energy, which determine the way in which he Universe develops. Without their influence the galaxies, stars and planets, and indeed life itself, would never have come to be. The research was part of the 2005 Royal Society Summer Science exhibition and a recent BBC Horizon program. The award was a presented to Rob at the SET* for BRITAIN reception held at the House of Commons as part of the National Science Week events. Rob was one of the few winners from the 300 applicants and received his award worth 250.

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