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Professors Carlos Frenk Adrian Jenkins and Tom Theuns

Physicists from our Institute for Computational Cosmology have been named on a prestigious list for their world-leading research.

Professors Carlos Frenk, Adrian Jenkins, Tom Theuns and the late Richard Bower have all been recognised in Clarivate’s Highly Cited Researchers list for 2023. 

Clarivate uses a careful analysis to compile its list of the most cited science academics from across the world who demonstrate significant influence in their research field.  

Leaders in research 

Professor Frenk is our Ogden Professor of Fundamental Physics and founder and former Director of the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC). 

He is a leader in cosmology research and one of the originators of the "cold dark matter" theory for the formation of galaxies and large-scale structure in the Universe. 

Professor Jenkins is the Project Scientist for the DiRAC supercomputer facility hosted at Durham and has conducted pioneering simulation-based research to further our understanding of astronomy and particle physics. 

Professor Theuns’s expertise lies in cosmological simulations of the formation of galaxies, and he has worked on ground-breaking research into the evolution of stars. 

Professor Richard Bower, who sadly died in January 2023 aged 58, had been with the University for almost 30-years. 

As a Professor of Cosmology, his research spanned observational and theoretical studies of galaxy formation. 

He also helped develop SWIFT, a revolutionary new approach to high-performance computing. 

Research legacy 

Commenting on their inclusion in the 2023 Highly Cited Researcher list, Professor Frenk said: "It is, of course, wonderful to receive this accolade but I should stress that my research is not an individual pursuit but rather a collaborative effort with many colleagues at Durham and elsewhere.

"They, particularly my PhD students and postdocs, deserve much of the credit for our joint work."

World-leading research 

The Highly Cited Research list is a measure of research impact that focuses on research scientists and social scientists. 

At Durham, we’re proud to have academics from Postgraduates through to Professors across multiple disciplines who are carrying out vital research every day. 

Just this month our Physics PhD student Carolina Andonie led a headline-hitting study into how quasars can be obscured in their host galaxies. 

And we regularly collaborate with global institutions and universities from across the world on pioneering research projects that have a global impact. 

Professor Richard Bower

Above: Professor Richard Bower. Main picture shows from left: Professor Carlos Frenk, Professor Adrian Jenkins and Professor Tom Theuns. 

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