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Professor Carlos Frenk in light blue shirt and dark blue jacket smiles at the camera

Congratulations to Professor Carlos Frenk who has been elected to the Council of the Royal Society.

Carlos is the Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics in our Department of Physics and founder and former director of our Institute for Computational Cosmology. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 2004.

The Royal Society’s Council is responsible collectively for the policy and management of the Society and Carlos will take up his position in November while continuing his work at Durham.

Eminent scientists

Founded in 1660, the Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

It is a fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists and promotes excellence in science for the benefit of humanity.

The Royal Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and its scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many areas of research.

Highly cited researcher

Carlos is one of the world’s most highly cited researchers and a leading figure in cosmology research.

One of the originators of the "cold dark matter" theory for the formation of structure in the Universe he works with scientists across the world to build model universes, based on the known laws of physics, using supercomputers.

Together they aim to understand how the Universe evolved following the Big Bang into the structures such as galaxies, stars and planets that we see today.

The work of Carlos and colleagues has established Durham as a leading international centre for supercomputer simulations of galaxies and cosmic structure.

Outstanding physics research

Carlos has previously been presented with the Royal Society’s Rumford Medal for outstanding physics research.

He holds the Paul Dirac Medal and Prize and has been named “Nobel Class” for his fundamental studies of galaxy formation and evolution, cosmic structure and dark matter halos.

Carlos also holds the Royal Astronomical Society’s highest honour, the Gold Medal for Astronomy, whose previous recipients include Albert Einstein, Charles Babbage and Edwin Hubble.

Find out more

  • Discover more about Professor Carlos Frenk FRS, CBE and our Institute for Computational Cosmology.

  • Our Department of Physics is a thriving centre for research and education. Ranked 2nd in the UK by The Guardian University Guide 2023 and in the World Top 100 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023, we are proud to deliver a teaching and learning experience for students which closely aligns with the research-intensive values and practices of the University. Feeling inspired? Visit our Physics webpages to learn more about our postgraduate and undergraduate programmes. Durham University is a top 100 world university. In the QS World University Rankings 2024, we were ranked 78th globally. 

  • Learn more about the Royal Society.

Main image: Professor Carlos Frenk FRS, CBE. Credit: Royal Society.