Charles Bailyn

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Charles Bailyn
Born (1959-10-27) October 27, 1959 (age 57)
Cambridge, MA
Residence New Haven, CT
Citizenship American
Nationality United States
Fields Astronomy, Physics & Higher Education
Institutions Yale University, Yale-NUS College
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard University
Doctoral students Eric P. Rubenstein
Jerry Orosz
Notable awards Trumpler Award (1990)
Bruno Rossi Prize (2009)

Charles David Bailyn (born October 27, 1959) is the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University and inaugural dean of faculty at Yale-NUS College. His father is the distinguished American historian Bernard Bailyn.[1] He earned a B.S. in astronomy and physics from Yale in 1981 and a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard in 1987. His Ph.D. thesis on X-ray emitting binary stars received the Robert J. Trumpler Award for best North American Ph.D. thesis in astronomy.[2]

Bailyn's research interests include high-energy astronomy and galactic astronomy and he has published over 100 referred papers.

During spring 2007, Bailyn recorded ASTR 160, Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics, as part of the Open Yale Courses initiative.[3] Bailyn also recorded three updates to the course more than five years later on the subjects of extra-solar planets, black holes, and dark energy.

Bailyn was awarded the 2009 Bruno Rossi Prize for his research on the masses of black holes.[4]

On July 6, 2016, Yale announced that Bailyn would become the first head of the new Benjamin Franklin College, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2017.[5]


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