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Joseph Silk


  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe




Astronomer Joseph Silk is interested in theoretical cosmology, where he seeks insights about dark matter, galaxy formation and the cosmic microwave background (CMB).

With his research group, he pioneered predictions of the temperature fluctuations in the CMB, and has made important contributions to the study of possible signatures for dark matter detection.


  • Fellow of the Royal Society, 1999
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1995
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1987

Relevant Publications

  • Bertone, G. et al. "Particle dark matter: Evidence, candidates and constraints." Phys. Rep. 405, no. 5 (January 2005): 279–390.
  • Silk, J. The infinite cosmos: questions from the frontiers of cosmology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.

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