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Daniele Oriti, Italy

Daniele Oriti works at the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics in Potsdam. The 33-year-old physicist and his research team are seeking to gain new insights into the early universe.

In 2008, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Sofia Kovalevskaya Prize. The € 1.4-million-prize is awarded to promising young foreign scientists for academic excellence.