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Dartmouth Professor named a Fellow of the American Physical Society

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Posted 12/12/08 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp • (603) 646-3661 

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Robert Caldwell
Robert Caldwell (photo by Joseph Mehling '69

Dartmouth Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Robert Caldwell was recently awarded the distinction of Fellow by the American Physical Society (APS). Caldwell is among the more than 200 new APS Fellows named in 2008.

Caldwell’s citation recognizes his “numerous contributions to theoretical cosmology, particularly those on pioneering ideas for dark energy.” Dark energy is the unusual anti-gravitational substance thought to be causing the accelerating expansion of the universe, and Caldwell’s work centers on developing and testing theories to better understand dark energy.

“To me, the single most remarkable property of the Universe is that it is expanding,” said Caldwell. “It’s extremely gratifying to be able to work on such a fundamental problem. I’m honored to be recognized by the APS as a Fellow for this work.”

Founded in 1899, APS now boasts approximately 46,000 members, all dedicated to the diverse field of physics. APS Fellowship is a distinct honor signifying recognition by a member’s professional peers.

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