British astrophysicist who has served as one of the four directors of the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.
He received a B.A. in Mathematics from Jesus College, Cambridge at the University of Cambridge in 1972 and a M.Sc. in Astronomy from the University of Toronto in 1974.
He has won multiple awards for his work including the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2006.
He married astrophysicist Guinevere Kauffmann, and they have a son named Jonathan.
Like him, Brian Schmidt is also an astrophysicist.