Prof. Alan Guth missed an important phone call this morning:

The winners of the Kavli Prize were announced this morning at the World Science Festival, and congratulations are due to MIT physics professor Alan Guth! He shares the astrophysics award with Andrei D. Linde of Stanford and Alexei A. Starobinsky of the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics in Moscow, Russia.

There are also prizes in nanoscience and neuroscience.

The announcement came as a surprise to Prof. Guth who, according to the New York Times story about the prize, missed the phone call which would have informed him of his win because “his cellphone was not working.”

If you’d like to learn more about Prof. Guth’s teaching, see our blog post about his courses on OCW.