Scott Tremaine

Scott Tremaine
Richard Black Professor
School of Natural Sciences

Scott Tremaine has made seminal contributions to understanding the formation and evolution of planetary systems, comets, black holes, star clusters, galaxies, and galaxy systems. He predicted the Kuiper belt of comets beyond Neptune and, with Peter Goldreich (Professor Emeritus, School of Natural Sciences), the existence of shepherd satellites and density waves in Saturn's ring system, as well as the phenomenon of planetary migration. He interpreted double-nuclei galaxies, such as the nearby Andromeda galaxy, as eccentric stellar disks, and elucidated the role of dynamical friction in galaxy evolution.

Princeton University, Ph.D. 1975; California Institute of Technology, Research Fellow 1975–77; Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Research Associate 1977–78; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Professor 1981–85; University of Toronto, Professor 1985–95, Director of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics 1985–96, University Professor 1995–97; Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, Director of the Program in Cosmology and Gravity 1996–2002; Princeton University, Professor 1997–2002, Chair of the Department of Astrophysical Sciences 1998–2006, Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation 2002–06, Emeritus 2007–; Institute for Advanced Study, Member 1978–81, 1983, and 2002, Visitor 1986–88 and 1989, Richard Black Professor 2007–; National Academy of Sciences, Member; Royal Society of Canada, Fellow; Royal Society of London, Fellow; McMaster University, Honorary Doctorate of Science 1996; St. Mary’s University, Honorary Doctorate of Science 1999; University of Toronto, Honorary Doctorate of Science 2010; Royal Society of Canada, Rutherford Medal in Physics 1990; American Astronomical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics 1997, Dirk Brouwer Award 1997; Tomalla Foundation for Gravity Research, Tomalla Prize 2013

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