Carlos Frenk - STEMFest in Space

Dark Matter

Carlos Frenk

Carlos will introduce the concept of dark matter,  discuss the role it plays in shaping our universe and speculate on the identity of this mysterious substance.

More about Carlos……..

“Carlos is Professor of Fundamental Physics at Durham University. He has published over 500 scientific papers and is one of the most referenced authors on the topic of astronomy in the world.

Carlos uses supercomputers to help him understand how the Universe developed the complicated structures of galaxies and stars we see today.

In the 1980s, Carlos was part of team of four cosmologists who found a way to use computers to build a model universe. Their results provided evidence that the Universe is full of Cold Dark Matter. They were pioneers of using computer simulations to test cosmological theories. The team won the Gruber Prize in Cosmology for their work.

Carlos programs supercomputers to solve physics problems. He tells the computer the starting conditions and it simulates a universe. It can take months or even years to write, debug and run all the computer code. The simulation does not always give useful results. Carlos has said that he needs lots of patience and resilience to do his job!!

Carlos was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list for services to cosmology and the public communication of science. In 2014, Carlos won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. “

Brief description of session:

An introduction to the concept of dark matter, discussing the role it plays in shaping our universe and speculating on the identity of this mysterious substance.

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Suitable for:

Key Stage  3, 4, 5