David Spergel's Home Page
I am a astrophysicist with research interests ranging from
the search for planets around nearby stars to the shape of
Using microwave backcground observations from the
and the Atacama Cosmology Telescope",
I have measured the age, shape, and composition of the universe. Our
observations have played a significant role in establishing the
standard model of cosmology.
I am currently co-chair of the
WFIRST science team. WFIRST will study the nature of dark energy,
complete the demographic survey of extrasolar planets, characterize the
atmospheres of nearby planets and survey the universe with more than 100x the field of view of the Hubble Space Telescope. I have played a significant role in the design of the coronagraph and is shaping the overall mission.
I have been the primary mentor for over 30 graduate students, 35 postdoctoral fellows and 60 undergraduates. Many of my mentees have gone on to do exciting work accross a range of fields.
I have recieved a number of prizes and awards for my work including:
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2018); NASA Exceptional Public Service Award (2017); Dannie Heineman Prize in Astrophysics (2015); Nature's Ten People Who Mattered in 2014; AAS Kavli Lecturer (2014); President's Distinguished Teaching Award (2013); Fellow, APS (2013); Time: "25 Most Influential People in Space" (2013); American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012); Gruber Prize (as part of WMAP team) (2012); Shaw Prize in Astronomy (2010); Citation Laureate (2010); National Acad. of Sciences (2008); John T. and Helen D. MacArthur Fellowship (2001); Time: "One of America's Top Scientists" (2001); AAS Helen B. Warner Prize (1994); NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award (1988); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1988). According to google scholar, I have an h index of 111 and over 90,000 citations.
I am the Founding Director of the
Center for Computational Astrophysics at the Flatiron Institute. I served as Department Chair from 2/2006- 6/2016 and served as Associate Chair from 2/1999 - 1/2006. I have chaired the NAS Space Study Board and was a member of the NASA Advisory Committee. I now serve on JPL Advisory Committee. I also serve as Co-Chair of Global Coordination of Ground and Space Astrophysics Working Group of the International Astronomical Union.
Here are links to a list of my
- Room 113, Peyton Hall, Princeton, NJ, 08544
- Phone: (609) 258 3589
- Fax: (609) 258 8226
- email: dns at astro DOT princeton DOT edu
Past Teaching Links
I will be teaching a freshman seminar in spring 2019
I am the Charles A. Young Professor of Astronomy on the Class of 1897 Foundation.
I am an Associate Faculty Member in the Physics Department and in the Mechanical and Aerospace
and recent publications.
Presidential Lecture Series:Illuminating the History of the Universe
with the Cosmic Microwave Background
Introduction to WFIRST/AFTA Mission
Recent Results from ACT talk
at IPMU (Video)
New Cosmology Talk
Dark Energy Talk
Talk on Terrestrial Planet Finding
You Tube talk at Dartmouth
on Dark Energy, Dark Matter, and Inflation"
My popular talk on
"Taking the Universe's Baby Picture" is available on-line at UCTV.
Another version of the lecture is also available at iTunes U.
Atacama Cosmology Telescope
Cosmology at Princeton"
Princeton Center for Theoretical Physics
WMAP web page
Former Thesis Students
Quashnock (Dept. Chair, Physics, Carthage College)
- Kathrine Long
Associate Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, Texas Tech University
- Arlie Petters (Beanjamin Powell Professori of Mathematics, Duke University)
- Suvendra Dutta, Technical Staff, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
- Fred Persi V.P. of Products and Technology, Quantapoint
- Hong Sheng Zhao Lecturer, University of St Andrews
- Julianne Dalcanton, Prof., Univ.of Washington
- James Rhoads, Goddard Space Flight Center
Jeremy Kepner, Director, Lincoln Laboratoy Supercomputing Center
- Maki Suginohara, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan
- David Goldberg, Prof., Drexel University
S. Peng Oh, Prof., UC Santa Barbara
Eiichiro Komatsu, Director, Max Planck Institute, Garching
Hiranya Peiris: Director, Oskar Klein Centre, Stockholm
- Niayesh Afshordi: Associate Professor, Perimeter & Waterloo
- Joe Hennawi: Associate Professor, UCSB
- Simon Dedeo: Assistant Professor, CMU
- Ed Sirko: Software Engineer, Virtualheroes
- Janice Hester: Arizona College Prep
- Beth Reid: Lead Data Scientist, The Climate Corporation
- Sudeep Das: Netflix
- Shirley Ho: Group Leader, Flatiron Institute
- Aurelien Fraisse: Associate Research Scholar, Princeton
- Kheegan Lee: Asst. Professor, IPMU (Tokyo)
- Blake Sherwin: Lecturer, Cambridge University, UK
- Colin Hill: IAS
- Simone Ferraro, Miller Fellow, Berkeley
- Emmanuel Schaan, Postdocoral Fellow, Berkeley
Current Thesis Students
- Will Coulton *18
- Semyeong Oh *18
- Kris Pardo *19
Science Citation Laureate
Gruber Prize (as member of WMAP team)
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
National Academy of Sciences
Time Magazine 25 Most Influential Space Scientists
Heinemann Prize (2015)
Nature "10 who Mattered in 2014"
Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics (2018)