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Scott Tremaine

Richard Black Professor

School of Natural Sciences
Astrophysics

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, 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.

Dates at IAS
Faculty Natural Sciences 1/2007current
Member Natural Sciences 9/200212/2002 Fall
Visitor Natural Sciences 1/19895/1989 Spring
Visitor Natural Sciences 9/19865/1988
Member Natural Sciences 9/198312/1983 Fall
Member Natural Sciences 9/19786/1981
Degrees
Princeton University Ph.D., 1975
Princeton University M.A., 1973
McMaster University B.Sc., 1971
Honors
Awards: Tomalla Foundation for Gravity Research, Tomalla Prize 2013; American Astronomical Society, Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics 1997, Dirk Brouwer Award 1997; Royal Society of Canada, Rutherford Medal in Physics 1990
Honorary Degrees: University of Toronto, Honorary Doctorate of Science 2010; St. Mary’s University, Honorary Doctorate of Science 1999; McMaster University, Honorary Doctorate of Science 1996
Memberships: National Academy of Sciences; Royal Society of Canada; Royal Society of London
Appointments
Princeton University 1997– Emeritus 2007–current, Charles A. Young Professor 2002–06, Chair, Department of Astrophysical Sciences 1998–2006, Professor 1997–2002
Canadian Institute for Advanced Research 1996–2002 Director, Program in Cosmology and Gravity
University of Toronto 1985–1997 University Professor 1995–97, Director, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics 1985–96, Professor 1985–95
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1981–1985 Associate Professor
Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, 1977–1978 Research Associate
California Institute of Technology 1975–1977 Research Fellow