Thomas Gold[3] (May 22, 1920 – June 22, 2004[4]) was an Austrian-born American astrophysicist, a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London).[4] Gold was one of three young Cambridge scientists who in 1948 proposed the now mostly abandoned "steady state" hypothesis of the universe. Gold's work crossed academic and scientific boundaries, into biophysics, astronomy, aerospace engineering, and geophysics.

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Thomas Gold

Born(1920-05-22)May 22, 1920
DiedJune 22, 2004(2004-06-22) (aged 84)
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Known forSteady-state theory
Abiogenic petroleum origin
Deep hot biosphere
Otoacoustic emission
Gold effect
AwardsFellow of the Royal Society (1964)
John Frederick Lewis Award (1972)[1]
Humboldt Prize (1979)
Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1985)
Scientific career
FieldsAstrophysics, astronomy, biophysics,
cosmology, geophysics, aerospace engineering
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge, Royal Observatory, Greenwich,
Harvard University, Cornell University
Doctoral advisorR. J. Pumphrey
Doctoral studentsStanton J. Peale[2]
Peter Goldreich[2]