Dr. Michael S. Turner is the Rauner Distinguished Service Professor and Director of the Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics at The University of Chicago where he has been a faculty member since 1980. He is a theoretical cosmologist, who coined the term dark energy. He helped establish the interdisciplinary field that combines together cosmology and elementary particle physics to understand the origin and evolution of the Universe. His research focuses on the earliest moments of creation, and he has made contributions to inflationary cosmology, particle dark matter and structure formation, the theory of big bang nucleosynthesis, and the nature of dark energy.
He was born in Los Angeles, CA, received his BS in physics from Caltech, his M.S. and PhD degrees from Stanford University, and an honorary D.Sc. from Michigan State University.