Michael S. Turner is a theoretical astrophysicist and the Bruce V. and Diana M. Rauner Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He is director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at Chicago, which he helped to establish, and is president-elect of the American Physical Society. Turner helped pioneer the interdisciplinary field of particle astrophysics and cosmology and the Fermilab astrophysics program, which today accounts for about ten percent of the lab’s activities. He led the National Academy study Quarks to the Cosmos that laid out the strategic vision for the field. Turner’s scholarly contributions include predicting cosmic acceleration and coining the term dark energy. His many honors include the Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, the Lilienfeld Prize of the American Physical Society, the Klopsted Award of the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the 2011 Darwin Lecture of the Royal Astronomical Society, among many others.
Michael S. Turner