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David Spergel


  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe


David Spergel is a theoretical astrophysicist whose interests range from the search for planets around nearby stars to the shape of the universe.

He is involved in a number of large research collaborations, including the Atacama Cosmology Telescope, the U.S. Euclid Collaboration, and the Subaru Measurement of Images and Redshifts, a two-part project consisting of the HyperSuprime Cam survey of the sky, followed by the spectroscopic study with PFS. Spergel serves as co-chair of the science definition team for the WFIRST mission, a mission that aims to understand dark energy, explore the growth of structures and galaxies, and search for extrasolar planets.


  • Princeton University’s Distinguished Teaching Award, 2013
  • "25 Most Influential People in Space," Time magazine, 2013
  • Gruber Prize (as part of WMAP team), 2012
  • "One of America's Top Scientists," Time magazine, 2001
  • Sloan Research Fellowship, 1988

Relevant Publications

  • Spergel, D.N. et al. "First-Year Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP)* Observations: Determination of Cosmological Parameters." Astrophys. J. Suppl. S. 148, no. 1 (2003).

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