Professor Carlos Frenk

Carlos Frenk is the Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and founding Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University's world-renowned theoretical cosmology research group.


He is one of the originators of the “Cold dark matter” theory for the formation of structure in our Universe. Along with collaborators from all over the world, he builds model universes, based on the known laws of physics. Using some of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Frenk and colleagues try to understand how our Universe evolved from the simple beginnings of the Big Bang to the present day and how it developed the complex structures, composed of stars and galaxies,

that we see around us today.

Frenk is the Principal Investigator of the Virgo consortium, the leading international collaboration in cosmological supercomputer simulations. He has published over 500 scientific papers and is one of
the most frequently cited authors in the space science literature. He was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in 2004 and has received numerous prizes, including the Royal Society Wolfson award, the Hoyle medal, the George Darwin Prize, the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, the Gruber Cosmology prize, the Oort Professorship and the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He features regulary on radio and TV.

Frenk was instrumental in obtaining external funding for a landmark building designed by New York-based architect Daniel Libeskind which will house the Ogden Centre for Fundamental Physics from November 2017.

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