Katie Mack (astrophysicist)

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Katherine J. Mack
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
Princeton University
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
University of Melbourne
North Carolina State University
ThesisTests of early universe physics from observational astronomy (2009)
Doctoral advisorPaul Steinhardt

Katherine J. Mack is an astrophysics professor at NC State who focuses on studying dark matter.[1] She maintains a strong science outreach presence on both social and traditional media. Mack's Twitter account is one of the most-followed accounts of professional astronomers worldwide;[2][3] her "smackdown" of a climate change denier on Twitter achieved mainstream coverage,[4] as did her "Chirp for LIGO" upon the first detection of gravitational waves.[5][6] She was the 2017 lecturer for Women in Physics[7] under the aegis of the Australian Institute of Physics, in which capacity she gave talks at schools and universities across Australia. As of January 2018 she is employed at the Physics Department of North Carolina State University as an Assistant Professor and as a member of university's Leadership in Public Science Cluster.[8]

In a January 2018 auction featuring at least eight bidders Daniel Loedel of Scribner bought the North American rights to Mack's The End of Everything, which explores the five ways in which the cosmos can end; Mack was represented by the Creative Artists Agency, and her book is slated to be published in the summer of 2020.[9]

In 2018, Mack was chosen to be one of the judges for Nature magazine's newly founded Nature Research Awards for Inspiring Science and Innovating Science[10].

Mack was a member of the jury for the Alfred P. Sloan Prize in the 2019 Sundance Film Festival[11].

Mack is openly bisexual.[12]

Academic career[edit]

Mack received her undergraduate degree in physics from the California Institute of Technology in 2003 and her PhD in astrophysics from Princeton University in 2009, after which she became a STFC postdoctoral fellow at the Kalvi Institute for Cosmology[13]. Later in 2012, Mack was a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Fellow at the University of Melbourne[14]. In January 2018, Mack became an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics at North Carolina State University[15].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mack, Katie. "A Tour of the Universe (and selected cosmic mysteries)". SlideShare. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  2. ^ "Electric Lady Influencer of the Week: Katie Mack". Electric Lady. 2017-04-28.[dead link]
  3. ^ Mack, Katie (2017-06-12). "Black Holes, Cosmic Collisions and the Rippling of Spacetime". The Atlantic.
  4. ^ "Astrophysicist Katie Mack lays the smackdown on mansplainer with droll Twitter burn". NYT. 2016-08-16. Retrieved 2017-07-01.
  5. ^ Castelvecchi, Davide; Witze, Alexandra (11 February 2016). "Einstein's gravitational waves found at last". Nature News. doi:10.1038/nature.2016.19361. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  6. ^ Roston, Michael (11 February 2016). "Scientists Chirp Excitedly for LIGO, Gravitational Waves and Einstein". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Katie Mack is the 2017 Women in Physics Lecturer". 2017-04-04.
  8. ^ "Katherine Mack: Assistant Professor". NCSU Physics. Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  9. ^ Deahl, Rachel (2018-01-26). "Book Deals: Week of January 29, 2018". PublishersWeekly. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  10. ^ "Judges and Ambassadors". Nature.com.
  11. ^ https://www.sundance.org/blogs/news/2019-festival-jury-awards-night-host
  12. ^ "What a Spat Between Two Scientists Tells Us About Sexism in Science". The Wire. Retrieved 2019-01-06.
  13. ^ "Katherine (Katie) Mack | Department of Physics | NC State University". 2018-05-24. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  14. ^ "Katie Mack's Webpage". www.ph.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  15. ^ "Katie Mack | Chancellor's Faculty Excellence Program | NC State University". 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-11-19.

External links[edit]

External video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX14qTJ5S3M A Tour of the Universe: Women in Physics Lecture
External video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cfg11qQwPzQ&t=9s Shells of Cosmic Time