Bruce T. Draine

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Bruce T. Draine
Draine in 2005
Bruce Thomas Draine

(1947-11-19) November 19, 1947 (age 76)
Kolkata, India
Alma mater
AwardsDannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (2004)
Scientific career
Thesis Topics in the physics of interstellar grains  (1978)
Doctoral advisorEdwin E. Salpeter

Bruce Thomas Draine (born November 19, 1947, in Kolkata) is an American astrophysicist.[1] He is Professor of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University.[2]

He attended Swarthmore College from 1965 to 1969. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana from 1969 to 1971, where he taught secondary school physics and mathematics. He received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1978. From 1979 to 1982 he was in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study.[3] He currently teaches in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. His research involves the study of the interstellar medium, especially interstellar dust, photodissociation regions, and interstellar shock waves.[2]

Draine at his desk in 2024

He is one of the authors (together with Piotr J. Flatau) of the public domain DDSCAT code based on the discrete dipole approximation which has application to light scattering by non-spherical particles and nanophotonics.

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2004 he won the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics for his "fundamental, pioneering studies of interstellar processes".[4] In 2007, he was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences for his work in the field of Astrophysics. He was elected a Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society in 2020.[5]


  • Draine, Bruce T. (2011). Physics of the Interstellar and Intergalactic Medium. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-12213-7.
  • Blain, A.; Combes, F.; Draine, B (2004). Pfenniger, D.; Revaz, Y (eds.). The Cold Universe. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 3-540-40838-X.


  1. ^ Nemeh, Katherine H., ed. (2020). American Men & Women of Science: A Biographical Directory of Today's Leaders in Physical, Biological, and Related Sciences. Vol. 4 (38th ed.). Farmington Hills, Michigan: Gale. p. 2902. ISBN 978-0-02-866695-2. OCLC 1152235791.
  2. ^ a b "Bruce Draine". Department of Astrophysical Sciences. Princeton University. Retrieved 28 February 2023.
  3. ^ "Bruce Draine". Institute for Advanced Study. 9 December 2019. Retrieved 28 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 28 February 2023.
  5. ^ "AAS Fellows". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 27 September 2020.

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