Esteemed Astrophysicist Eliot Quataert to Join Princeton Faculty

Friday, Jun 5, 2020
by Department of Astrophysical Sciences

We are thrilled to announce that Prof. Eliot Quataert has accepted a faculty position in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences.

The Princeton University Board of Trustees approved this appointment on June 1. 

Prof. Quataert is considered by many in the field to be the leading theoretical astrophysicist of his generation. A distinctive feature of his research is that it spans a particularly broad range of topics in Astronomy and is characterized by extraordinary physical insight.   Prof. Quataert is co-author of more than 300 refereed publications in areas including compact objects, plasma astrophysics, stellar physics, and galaxy formation.  Highlights of his work include seminal studies of accretion onto black holes, the processes and observables of neutron star mergers, the roles of radiation in driving galactic outflows and of waves in driving stellar outflows, development of instabilities that shape gas profiles within galaxy clusters, and fundamental aspects of wave-particle interactions in collisionless plasmas.  

Prof. Quataert’s influential research contributions have been recognized by many of the highest scientific accolades in Astrophysics.  These honors include election to distinguished learned societies; he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2020 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2018, and was named a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2009.  In addition, he has been a Simons Investigator in Physics since 2012, and was awarded the early-career Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society in 2008.   Known for his impact as a stimulating educator, Prof. Quataert was recipient of the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at U.C. Berkeley in 2010.  

During his time at Berkeley, Prof. Quataert has been much sought after as an advisor and mentor for graduate students and postdocs, working on a huge range of topics.  His former students and postdocs hold faculty and permanent research positions worldwide.  

Prof. Quataert is currently Chair of the Department of Astronomy at U.C. Berkeley, and Professor in the Berkeley Departments of Astronomy and Physics, where he began his faculty career in 2001.  Previously, he was a long-term Member of the Institute for Advanced Study.  Prof. Quataert returned to Princeton as a sabbatical visitor in Peyton Hall in Spring 2019, and we are now delighted to welcome him as a permanent member of the Princeton University faculty.   We look forward to Eliot’s arrival in January 2021!