ITC Postdoc Sownak Bose wins awards for thesis

June 4, 2018
Sownak Bose


ITC Fellow Sownak Bose has been awarded the 2017 Michael Penston Prize from the the Royal Astronomical Society in the UK for the best thesis in astronomy and astrophysics is awarded to Dr Sownak Bose, for the thesis entitled 'BEYOND LCDM: Exploring alternatives to the standard cosmological paradigm'.

He has also been awarded the Winton Doctoral Thesis Prize in Physics from Durham University and has been selected to be published in the Springer Thesis series (, exp. publication around November 2018). 

After receiving his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Oxford, Sownak moved to the Institute for Computational Cosmology, Durham University to pursue a PhD in computational cosmology under the supervision of Prof. Carlos Frenk, Dr Baojiu Li and Prof. Adrian Jenkins. As of September 2017, he is now a postdoc at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Cambridge, MA) where he is an ITC Fellow. His current research spans a wide array of subjects, ranging from the study of dark matter, dark energy and galaxy formation on cosmological scales, to the dynamics of dwarf galaxies and globular clusters on galactic scales.