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Active Faculty
Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
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Professor of Physics at Stanford University and at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

452 Lomita Mall,
Stanford, CA  94305-4085

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Research Interests

Research interests include: cosmology; black hole astrophysics, gravitational lensing; galaxies; cosmic rays; neutron stars; white dwarfs.

Career History

  • B.A., 1970, Magdalene College, Cambridge.
  • M.A.,1974, Univ. of Cambridge
  • Ph.D., 1974, Magdalene College, Cambridge
  • Research Fellow, St. John’s College, Cambridge, 1973-1976
  • Assistant Professor, California Institute of Technology, 1976-1979
  • Professor, California Institute of Technology, 1979-1989
  • Richard Chace Tolman Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, California Institute of Technology, 1989-2003
  • Executive Officer for Astronomy, California Institute of Technology, 1992-1995
  • Pehong and Adele Chen Director, Kavli Institute of Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, 2003-2013
  • Professor at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, 2003-present
  • Professor of Physics, Stanford, 2003-present 


  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, 1974-1975 and 1998
  • Alfred P. Sloan Fellow, 1980-1984
  • Helen B. Warner Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1982
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1988-1990
  • Fellow of Royal Society, 1989
  • Fellow of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993
  • Dannie Heineman Prize, American Astronomical Society, 1998
  • Member, American Astronomical Society.
  • Eddington Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 1999
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences, 2005
  • Humboldt Research Award, Humboldt Foundation, 2011