Professor Emeritus

Peter Goldreich

School of Natural Sciences
Astrophysics
Affiliation
Natural Sciences
Field of Study
Astrophysics
Home Institution
Institute for Advanced Study

Peter Goldreich has made profound and lasting contributions to planetary science and astrophysics, providing fundamental theoretical insights for understanding the rotation of planets, the dynamics of planetary rings, pulsars, astrophysical masers, the spiral arms of galaxies, oscillations of the sun and white dwarfs, turbulence in magnetized fluids, and planet formation. His current research is focused on the production of impact spherules.

Dates at IAS

Emeritus: Natural Sciences

7/2009current

Faculty: Natural Sciences

1/20046/2009

Member: Natural Sciences

9/20026/2003

Visitor: Natural Sciences

9/20006/2001

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9/19966/1997

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11/19952/1996

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11/19942/1995

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11/19922/1993

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9/198712/1987 Fall

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4/19736/1973 Spring

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11/19722/1973
Degrees
Cornell University Ph.D., 1963
Cornell University B.S., 1960
Honors
Awards: Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2007; Académie des Sciences, Institut de France, Grande Médaille 2006; National Medal of Science 1995; Royal Astronomical Society, Gold Medal 1993, Chapman Medal 1985; American Astronomical Society, Kuiper Prize 1992, Dirk Brouwer Award 1986; California Scientist of the Year 1981
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; National Academy of Sciences; Royal Society of London
Appointments
California Institute of Technology 1966– Emeritus 2003–, Lee A. DuBridge Professor of Astrophysics and Planetary Physics 1981–2003, Professor 1969–81, Associate Professor 1966–69
University of California, Los Angeles 1964–1966 Assistant Professor
University of Cambridge 1963–1964 Postdoctoral Fellow