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Joshua Bloom

Joshua Simon Bloom
Born (1974-06-08) June 8, 1974 (age 42)
Albany, New York, USA
Fields Astrophysics
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Harvard College, B.A.
California Institute of Technology, Ph.D.
Known for Gamma-Ray Bursts
Notable awards Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy
Sloan Research Fellow

Joshua Simon Bloom (born June 8, 1974, Albany, New York) is an American astrophysicist and associate professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. He received a Bachelor of Arts in astronomy and astrophysics and physics from the Harvard College in 1996 and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 2002. He was a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2002 to 2005. His research focuses on gamma-ray bursts[1] and other astrophysical transients such as supernovae. He is author of the book What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts?[2] published by Princeton University Press in 2011.


In 2009, ScienceWatch wrote that Bloom's gamma-ray bursts "work ranks at #10 by total cites, based on 85 papers cited a total of 3,639 times. Five of these papers are on the lists of the 20 most-cited papers over the past decade and over the past two years."[3]. He has published over 150 refereed articles[4] and is principal investigator of the Peters Automated Infrared Telescope (PAIRITEL)[5]at the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory in Arizona. He is also principal investigator of the Synoptic Infrared Survey Telescope (SASIR)[5]. Project and is currently co-chair of the transients and variable star group of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). Some of Bloom's current work focuses on the classification of astrophysical transients using machine-learning techniques[6][7].

Honors and Awards[edit]

In 2004, Bloom was named as a Sloan Research Fellow by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. In 2008, he was included as one of Astronomy magazine's ten "rising stars[8]. In 2009, he was awarded the Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy from the American Astronomical Society. In 2010, he was named as the "Sophie and Tycho Brahe Visiting Professor" at Copenhagen University[9]. He is the creator of the VOEvent messaging scheme for astronomical transients.


Bloom teaches astronomy to undergraduate students at the University of California, Berkeley. Some of his lectures are available to the public as podcasts[10].


  1. ^ Wong, Kathleen (February 2008). "Tracking Space Transients". ScienceMatters@Berkeley. Berkeley, California. 
  2. ^ Bloom, Joshua (2011). What Are Gamma-Ray Bursts?. Princeton: Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0-691-14557-0. 
  3. ^ "Gamma-ray Bursts, Special Topics Interview". Thomson Reuters ScienceWatch. August 2009. Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Refereed articles of Joshua Bloom". Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "PAIRITEL, Robotic Telescope for the 21st Century". Retrieved 4 January 2011.  Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "ptel" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ "NSF Supports UC Berkeley in Taming the Data Deluge in Astronomy". Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  7. ^ Mike, Wall (11 October 2010). "Astronomy Overload: Scientists Shifting From Stargazing to Data Mining". 
  8. ^ "National magazines tout two chemists and two astronomers as top innovators in their fields", University of California Newsroom, Berkeley, CA, 22 August 2008.
  9. ^ "Sophie and Tycho Brahe Programme". Retrieved 4 January 2011. 
  10. ^ "Astro 10P Introduction to General Astronomy". Retrieved 4 January 2011. 

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