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A DURHAM University professor has scooped a slice of a $1million international astronomy prize.

Professor Shaun Cole, Deputy Director of Durham’s Institute for Computational Cosmology, was this week awarded The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2014.

The award, shared with two other scientists, was made in recognition of Professor Cole’s work on the 2df Galaxy Redshift Survey which conducted a study of 250,000 galaxies.

The findings in 2005 showed sound waves that originated a few seconds after the Big Bang could be used to measure distances in the universe and the rate at which it is expanding.

Professor Cole, who is also a member of the Department of Physics, will share the prize with colleagues Professor John Peacock from the University of Edinburgh and Professor Daniel Eisenstein from Harvard University.

Professor Cole, who will be presented with his prize at a ceremony at The Shaw Prize Foundation in Hong Kong later this year, said: “The award is a wonderful honour and has come as a tremendous surprise. I am delighted to share it with my colleagues and I’m pleased that the work we have carried out continues to inform the work of scientists today in furthering our knowledge of the cosmos.”

The Shaw Prize is an international honour for individuals who have achieved distinguished and significant advances, made outstanding contributions in academic and scientific research or have achieved excellence.