Prof. Dr. Mukhanov holds the chair on cosmology at the Arnold Sommerfeld Center for Theoretical Physics at LMU Munich (since 1997) and was awarded the Max Planck Medal in 2015 (among many more international awards). He is one of the pioneering minds – if not the pioneer – behind the linking of the grand scale structure of the universe, with its galaxies and galaxy clusters, with the quantum world. As early as in 1980/1981 he had made predictions on the influence of quantum fluctuations that were confirmed in the following decades by the COBE, WMAP and Planck probes, analyzing the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) in more and more detail.
It was Arno Penzias (born on 26 April 1933 in Munich) and Robert Wilson who first discovered the CMB, the „echo of the Big Bang“, in 1964, and received the Nobel prize in 1978. Jewish born Penzias was forced to emigrate from Nazi Germany as a child in 1939 and fled to London with a Kindertransport.
We celebrate Penzias‘ 90th birthday with a mini lecture series „Radio Kosmos / Listening to the Universe“ in April and May 2023, comprising two other lectures: On the Nuremberg „Arno-Penzias-Radioteleskop“ (April 21st) and on „Musik & Kosmos“ (May 5th, one night before the Lange Nacht der Musik in Munich).
Prof. Mukhanov was awarded numerous internationally highly renowned honours, including (selection):