Good Afternoon,

On behalf of the entire extended University of Manitoba family of students, staff, faculty and alumni, I want to convey how deeply proud we are of UM graduate and acclaimed cosmologist Dr. James Peebles — for winning the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics, and demonstrating for all the world to see, as we have claimed about the University of Manitoba for years, "from here, you can go anywhere," including across galaxies.

Dr. Peebles, recognized as one of the most highly regarded cosmologists, was cited for “theoretical discoveries in physical cosmology,” and shares the award with two Swiss astronomers, Michel Mayor, 77, and Didier Queloz, 53, who discovered a planet orbiting a binary star.

We have a proud tradition of nurturing great thinkers and doers here, and today, in celebrating Dr. Peebles' extraordinary achievement, I am sure we are inspiring new generations of scientists and others striving to understand all aspects of the world in which we live.

For those that are nearby, I invite you to join us on Fort Garry campus to celebrate Dr. Peebles’ accomplishment in the Science Student Lounge, main level, room 209 in Armes Lecture Theatre at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 8.

Thank you.




David T. Barnard, O.M., Ph.D., FRSC

President and Vice-Chancellor

202 Administration Building, University of Manitoba

Winnipeg MB  R3T 2N2 Canada