The award is presented once every five years by Italy's Lincei National Academy, one of whose earliest members was Galileo Galilei.
Perlmutter is a research leader at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and a professor of physics at the University of California-Berkeley. He is the co-founder and leader of the international Supernova Cosmology Project, principal investigator of the proposed SuperNova/Acceleration Probe satellite, and leader of several other groups studying the nature of dark energy.
The Antonio Feltrinelli Prizes, which include a $315,000 award, are considered Italy's highest scientific and cultural honors.
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