2009 – Jerry Ostriker

Jeremiah Ostriker was the founding director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering, provost of Princeton University, Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, England, and, for 15 years, the Chairman of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton.

He received his A.B. in Physics and Chemistry from Harvard University in 1959, and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Chicago in 1964. His research encompasses theories of the interstellar medium, particle acceleration by astrophysical shocks, gravitational lensing, pulsars, cosmological structure formation, and galaxy formation. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society (London), and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his many awards, he is the recipient of U.S. National Medal of Science and the Henry Norris Russell Prize of the American Astronomical Society.

Public Lecture: Heart of Darkness

Technical Talk: Formation of Massive Galaxies