Peter I. Meszaros
PETER I. MÉSZÁROS is the Eberly Chair of Astronomy and Astrophysics and a professor of physics at the Pennsylvania State University. He is also the director of the Center for Particle and Gravitational Astrophysics at Penn State. His areas of research involve high energy astrophysics, cosmology, particle astrophysics, gamma ray bursts, and neutron stars. Awards and memberships include the American Astronomical Society’s Rossi Prize, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the Einstein Professor of Chinese Academy of Sciences. He obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley. He has previously served on an Academies’ committee.
RAMESH NARAYAN (NAS) is the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at the Center for Astrophysics, Harvard and Smithsonian, in the Astronomy Department. Previously, he was on the faculty at the University of Arizona. Dr. Narayan is a broad spectrum theorist with a particular interest in compact objects. His research spans a range of topics in high energy astrophysics, including both black holes and neutron stars; Galactic and extragalactic objects; and electromagnetic bands from radio to gamma-rays. He received a Ph.D. in physics from Bangalore University, India. He is a fellow of the Royal Society (London). He has previously served on an Academies’ committee.
ELIOT QUATAERT is a professor of astronomy and physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the director of the Theoretical Astrophysics Center. Quataert is an astrophysics theorist who works on a wide range of problems, including stars and black holes, plasma astrophysics, and how galaxies form. He has received a number of national awards for his research, including the Warner Prize of the AAS, the Packard Fellowship, a Simons Investigator award from the Simons Foundation, and membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Quataert received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard University. He has previously served on an Academies’ Committees.
Scott M. Ransom
SCOTT M. RANSOM is a tenured astronomer with the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, VA, where he studies pulsars and gravitational waves. He is also a research professor with the Astronomy Department at the University of Virginia. He works on a wide variety of projects involving finding, timing, and exploiting pulsars of various types, using data from many different instruments and at energies from radio waves to gamma-rays. His main focus is on searching for exotic pulsar systems, such as millisecond pulsars and binaries. Once these pulsars are identified, he uses them as tools to probe a variety of basic physics, including tests of general relativity, the emission (and hopefully soon the direct detection) of gravitational waves (as part of the NANOGrav collaboration, of which he is the current chair), and the physics of matter at supra-nuclear densities. Previously, Ransom was a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University before joining NRAO as a staff astronomer. He won the American Astronomical Society's Helen B. Warner Prize “for a significant contribution to observational or theoretical astronomy during the five years preceding the award.” He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and has authored or co-authored over 250 refereed publications including more than 20 in Nature and Science. He received his Ph.D. for astronomy from Harvard University. He has previously served on Academies’ committees.
Todd A. Thompson
TODD A. THOMPSON is a professor of astronomy at the Ohio State University. Thompson was formerly a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Lyman Spitzer Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton University. His areas of research expertise include the mechanism of core-collapse supernovae, gamma-ray bursts, superluminous supernovae, heavy element nucleosynthesis, magnetars, wide-field transient surveys; star formation, feedback, galactic winds, cosmic rays and non-thermal emission from galaxies; binary systems, compact objects, few-body dynamics. Thompson was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the Ohio State Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, a Simons Foundation Fellowship, and an IBM Einstein Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), Princeton. He was recently a visiting junior professor while on sabbatical at the IAS. Dr. Thompson received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, Tucson, in physics. He has not previously served on an Academies’ committee.