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Challenging conventional ideas.

Carnegie Science empowers our investigators to pursue the biggest questions of our time, advancing discoveries that transform our understanding of life, planets, and the broader universe. Our research breakthroughs have fundamentally changed how we understand science. Learn how we’re exploring the natural world across scales.

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Tackling humanity's biggest questions
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Our astronomers explore the cosmos, uncovering the origins and evolution of stars, planets, and galaxies.



Earth Science

Our Earth scientists explore the physics and chemistry of planetary materials from atomic to planetary scales.


Our ecologists research how human activity is impacting our planet’s dynamic systems.

Genetics & Environmental Biology
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Our researchers are revealing the underlying processes that shape both human health and ecosystem resilience.

Matter at Extreme States
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We use sophisticated laboratory techniques to mimic the depths of our own and other planets.

Planetary Science

Our scientists have been looking for and discovering exoplanets since the field's inception.

Plant Science

Plant science is crucial for solving many of society’s most pressing demands as we face climate change. 

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Carnegie Science is a launching pad for budding scientists.

– Michael Wilson Screenwriter and Film Producer

Giving to Carnegie Science

Carnegie Science Trustee Michael Wilson feels a sense of responsibility to give back to organizations that are having an impact on the lives of people and communities across the world. In 2019, he generously endowed three postdoctoral positions in honor of his three granddaughters.

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Biosphere Sciences & Engineering

Our newest scientific division, Carnegie Science Biosphere Sciences & Engineering (BSE), is devoted to disrupting the traditional, siloed perspective on research in the life sciences and pursuing an integrated approach to solving humanity's greatest challenges.

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Earth & Planets Laboratory

Drawing on more than a century of science, the Carnegie Science Earth & Planets Laboratory (EPL) discovers exoplanets, creates new materials, illuminates Earth's inner workings, and seeks to better understand the universe that is our home.

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From the revelation of the universe’s expansion to the discovery of dark energy, Carnegie Science Observatories (OBS) researchers have transformed humankind’s understanding of the cosmos. The groundbreaking work continues today at our world-famous Las Campanas Observatory in Chile.

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