Paul M. Sutter

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Paul M. Sutter
Alma materCalifornia Polytechnic State University (BS)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PhD)
Scientific career
InstitutionsParis Institute of Astrophysics
Ohio State University's Center for Cosmology and Astro-Particle Physics

Paul M. Sutter is an astrophysicist and science educator. He received his Bachelor of Science in Physics from California Polytechnic State University in 2005 and received his PhD in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011.[1][2] He is currently a Cosmological Researcher & Community Outreach Coordinator with the Department of Astronomy at Ohio State University.[2] Sutter host several podcasts, a YouTube series, consults for TV and film productions, publishes articles for popular science publications, makes public appearances discussing physics and astronomy topics[1] and has copublished over fifty astrophysics articles on arXiv.[3] He is the Chief Scientist of Columbus, Ohio's Center of Science and Industry.[4][5]

Sutter briefly met Stephen Hawking while at the University of Cambridge.[6] He stated that Hawking helped to reconcile general relativity and quantum mechanics,[7] he was his mentor, and we should celebrate his tenacity and accomplishments.[6]

Sutter does research and gives commentary on general relativity,[8] the physics that created the Big Bang,[9] cosmology,[10] the death of stars,[11] astrophotography,[12] magnetars,[13] and dark energy.[14] He also comments on astronomical events that are visible to amateur stargazers and astronomers,[15] including the best places and times to stargaze the planets,[16] the Super Blue Blood Moon,[17] and solar[18] and lunar eclipse.[19] Popular science articles often use him as a reference for popular and entertaining science questions, such as how the body would respond in the vacuum of space,[20] time travel[21][22][23][24] wormholes[25][26] and what would happen if every human on Earth jumped at the same time.[27]

His father was a Catholic Priest, but Sutter does not speak on his personal views of religion, other than to say that he knows atheist and people of all religious faiths who have reconciled their beliefs with science.[28]

His motto in astrophysics is: If it is too exciting, it's probably wrong.


  1. ^ a b "Expert Voices - Paul Sutter". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "My Research". Paul Sutter. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  3. ^ "Arxiv Search". arXiv. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  4. ^ Bethea, Jesse (March 15, 2016). "Meet Paul Sutter, COSI's New Chief Scientist". Columbus Underground. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Gelber, Ben (March 30, 2018). "New chief scientist of COSI will increase science news content". NBC. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Reitzel, Rick (March 14, 2018). "COSI chief scientist reflects on Stephen Hawking's legacy". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Elin Salazar, Doris (March 17, 2018). "Books and Black Holes: Stephen Hawking's Language Helps Us Grasp the Cosmos". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  8. ^ Perry, Philip (April 29, 2018). "Warp speed: How the outer edges of the universe travel faster than the speed of light". Big Think. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  9. ^ Tangermann, Victor (January 2, 2018). "It's 2018. Here Are Six Scientific Mysteries We Still Haven't Solved". Futurism. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Paul Matthew Sutter, Ohio State – Cosmological Nothingness". Academic Minute. February 3, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  11. ^ Gribble, Rachel (February 4, 2017). "Hubble telescope captures rare star death". Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  12. ^ MacDonald, Fiona (September 23, 2016). "Here's Why You Need to Stop Complaining About 'Fake Colours' in NASA's Photos". Science Alert. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Tennenhouse, Erica (May 25, 2018). "What Magnetic Fields Do to Your Brain and Body". Discover.
  14. ^ Wall, Mike (October 25, 2016). "Mysterious 'Dark Energy' May Not Exist, Study Claims". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  15. ^ Roth, Clare (June 20, 2018). "John Glenn Astronomy Park Inspires Ohioans To Look To The Stars". WOSU Public Media. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  16. ^ Traynor, Jillian (June 2, 2018). "Summer Stargazing". FOX. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  17. ^ Lane, Tara (January 30, 2018). "What makes this Super Blue Blood Moon so rare?". NBC. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  18. ^ Taylor Redd, Nola. "Solar Eclipse Day Could Resemble 'Zombie Apocalypse'". NBC News. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  19. ^ Long, Andy (February 8, 2017). "Full moon, lunar eclipse and comet could be visible Friday night". NBC. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  20. ^ Lewin, Sarah (May 12, 2017). "Star-Lord May Survive Getting 'Spaced,' But You Wouldn't". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  21. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (May 28, 2018). "Is Time Travel Possible? Scientists Explore the Past and Future". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  22. ^ Kettley, Sebastian (May 29, 2018). "Time travel news: It is already happening but 'we need to move faster' scientists explain". Sunday Express. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  23. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (May 28, 2018). "Is Time Travel Possible? Scientists Explore the Past and Future". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  24. ^ Angus, Derek (May 31, 2018). "Time travel is possible and It is happening: Scientists say". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  25. ^ Borkhataria, Cecile. "Could wormhole tunnels really take us to another galaxy? Expert claims it IS possible (but very unlikely)". Daily Mail. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  26. ^ Howell, Elizabeth (March 9, 2018). "Want to 'Tesser'? Ironing Out 'Wrinkle in Time's' Wild Space-Travel Ideas". Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  27. ^ Ramsey, Lydia (June 28, 2016). "Here's what would happen if all 7 billion people on Earth jumped at the exact same time". Business Insider. Retrieved July 1, 2018.
  28. ^ Markoe, Lauren (July 13, 2017). "Faith and the cosmos: An astrophysicist fields the big questions". Religion News Service. Retrieved July 1, 2018.