The Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB-IEEC) researcher, Héctor Gil Marín, has received the Young Theoretical Physics Researcher Award from the Spanish Royal Society of Physics (RSEF) and the BBVA Foundation.

The double ceremony, for the 2020 and 2021 awards, took place last Tuesday December 14 in Madrid and the director of the BBVA Foundation, Rafael Pardo, and the president of the RSEF, Luis Viña, hosted it.

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2020 Physics Honorees. Credit: BBVA Foundation

 “This ceremony is a celebration of knowledge, and what we celebrate is the most solid alternative to irrationality, falsehood, relativism and charlatanism” highlights Rafael Pardo. “In a positive note, we also celebrate what historian Gerald Holton, winner of the Frontiers of Knowledge Award, referred to as the ‘Apollonian Spirit’, the search for beauty, the belief that the natural and social worlds are comprehensible, that it is possible to get closer to the truth, without ever reaching it, but closer and closer every time. Surely no other field represents this game and dialogue between observation and reason, between empirical proof and theory, as physics does”.

The jury highlighted Dr. Gil Marín’s outstanding contributions to the analysis and interpretation of galaxy mapping, advancing our understanding of the accelerated Universe, and being undoubtedly one of the most brilliant researchers in the field of the cosmology of his generation.

Dr. Gil-Marín was a member of the BOSS and eBOSS international collaborations and is a current researcher of DESI, where he plays a leading role in the survey mapping. He actively participated in the analysis of BOSS and eBOSS data, which resulted in the recently published largest three-dimensional map of the distribution of galaxies. His research focuses on the large-scale structure of the Universe, and he intends to answer one of the most fundamental questions in cosmology for the past 20 years, what drives the late-time accelerated expansion of the Universe.

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Héctor Gil Marín (ICCUB-IEEC) during his acceptance speech at the award ceremony. Credit: BBVA Foundation

About the Honoree

Dr. Héctor Gil-Marín obtained a PhD in Physics in 2012 at the Universitat de Barcelona. Prof. Gil-Marín has been a postdoctoral research associate at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, University of Portsmouth (UK) and a Lagrange fellow at the LPNHE at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris). From 2018, Dr. Gil-Marin holds a Junior Leader 'La Caixa' fellowship at the ICCUB.

Selected publications

  • The Completed SDSS-IV extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: measurement of the BAO and growth rate of the structure of the luminous red galaxy sample from the anisotropic power spectrum between redshifts 0.6 and 1.0 Arxiv
  • Blind Observers of the Sky. Arxiv
  • The clustering of galaxies in the SDSS-III Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey: BAO measurement from the LOS-dependent power spectrum of DR12 BOSS galaxies. Arxiv
  • The power spectrum and bispectrum of SDSS DR11 BOSS galaxies - I. Bias and gravity. Arxiv

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