BAHCALL, JOHN / Astronomy / Researchers

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Astronomy / BAHCALL, JOHN


Richard Black Professor Natural Sciences
Institute for Advanced Study,
School of Natural Sciences
Princeton, NJ, USA

Research interests

John Bahcall has made fundamental and lasting contributions to an astonishing number of different areas of modern astrophysics, ranging from the interpretation of quasar absorption lines to the first detection of a neutron star companion. This work culminates in his contributions to neutrino astronomy and to the solar neutrino problem. The solar neutrino observations revealed conclusively that the sun emits neutrinos in amazing agreement with theoretical prediction.

Prizes and awards

Warner Prize American Astronomical Society, 1970;
Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1968-1971
National Academy of Science,
American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member 1976
James Arthur Prize Lecturer, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 1988
NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, 1992
The Jessie and John Danz Lectureship, University of Washington, 1992
Academia Europaea, Member 1993
Nevada Medal of Science, 1994
Dannie Heineman Prize, American Institute of Physics/Amer. Ast. Soc., 1995
Award Medal, University of Helsinki, 1996
Hans Bethe Prize, American Physical Society, 1998
National Medal of Science, United States, 1998
Russell Prize, American Astronomical Society;
Medal College de France, 1999
Bernhard Lecture and Medal Royal Swedish Academy Sciences, 2001
American Philosophical Society, Member 2001
Honorary Doctorate of Science: Univ. of Pennsylvania, Univ. of Chicago, 2000
Univ. of Notre Dame, Ohio State Univ., 2001
Hebrew University Jerusalem, 2003
Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics, 2003
Dan David Prize, 2003
Gold Medal, Royal Astronomical Society, 2003


Neutrino Astrophysics, Cambridge University Press (1989).

Solar Neutrinos: The First Thirty Years, Addison-Wesley, eds. J. Bahcall, R. Davis, P. Parker, A. Smirnov, and R. Ulrich (1995).

Unsolved Problems in Astrophysics, John N. Bahcall and Jeremiah P. Ostriker, eds., Princeton University Press (1997).

The Redshift Controversy, auths. H. Arp & J. Bahcall, ed. G. Field, Addison-Wesley (1973).

The Decade of Discovery in Astronomy and Astrophysics, J. Bahcall, Chair, and NAS Survey Committee Members, National Academy Press (1991).

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