|Photo 2007, courtesy Prof. Ostriker|
|Jeremiah Paul Ostriker|
|13 April 1937||2011 Bruce Medalist|
“Jerry” Ostriker was born in New York City and earned his bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry at Harvard University and his Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Chicago, where he was a student of S. Chandrasekhar. After a post-doctoral year at the University of Cambridge he joined the faculty at Princeton University in 1965. There he served as chairman of the deparment of astrophysical sciences (1979-1995) and later as provost (1995-2001). For the next three years he was Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy at Cambridge, after which he returned to Princeton as Director of the Princeton Institute for Computational Science and Engineering. Working with many different colleagues over the years, he has made significant contributions to a number of areas of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology. He has contributed to our knowledge of pulsars and black holes, the interstellar medium, cosmic rays, and the formation and evolution of galaxies and quasars. He was one of the first to suggest that galaxies are immersed in large halos of dark matter, and he has investigated many cosmological topics, including the distribution of galaxies, baryonic matter, dark matter, and dark energy, and the values of cosmological parameters as determined using data from WMAP and SDSS. He and his colleagues proposed that about one-third of the baryonic matter in the universe is in a Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM).
Personal Web Page
At Princeton University
Presentation of Bruce medal
See the ASP website.
American Astronomical Society, Helen B. Warner Prize, 1972; Henry Norris Russell Lectureship, 1980.
Astronomische Gesellschaft, Karl Schwarzschild Medal, 1999. (citation)
National Academy of Sciences, James Craig Watson Medal, 2012.
National Science Foundation, National Medal of Science, 2000. (Princeton Press Release)
Royal Astronomical Society, Gold Medal, 2004.
Kiel, Lauren D., Harvard Crimson, “Jeremiah P. Ostriker: Astrophysicist, Princeton professor remembers adventurous college years,” 1 June 2009.
National Academy of Sciences
Princeton Weekly Bulletin, 4 June 2001
AIP Center for History of Physics
Institute for Advanced Study (with John Bahcall and Lyman Spitzer, Jr., ca. 1979)
Princeton University Office of Communications
Named after him
Minor Planet #12146 Ostriker
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