BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University says one of its professors is among those sharing the $500,000 Gruber Prize in cosmology for their work on a NASA project.

The university says astrophysicist Charles Bennett led the 26-member team that won the prize announced Wednesday.

The university says data from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe has helped astronomers refine their understanding of the age, shape and makeup of the universe.

Johns Hopkins says a gold medal will be presented to Bennett at the International Astronomical Union meeting in Beijing in August.

The Gruber Prize is the second for Bennett, who also was a member of a NASA team that won the prize in 2006.

Hopkins researchers David Larson and Janet Weiland are also members of the team that won this year’s prize.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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