Dan M. Watson
Professor of Physics and Astronomy
Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Rochester

Dan Watson is an experimental/observational astrophysicist whose research has included work on star and planetary-system formation, the structure and evolution of spiral galaxies, the nature and formation of active galactic nuclei, and the development of instruments and infrared detector arrays for astronomy. Currently he is busy with analysis and ground-based followup of surveys made with the ESA Herschel Space Observatory, specifically the Herschel Orion Protostar Survey; and with the NASA Spitzer Space Telescope, for which he is an Infrared Spectrograph instrument co-investigator and science team member, and leader of several large guaranteed-time and general observing programs on the evolution of protostars and protoplanetary disks.

Dan received his bachelor's degree in physics (philosophy minor) from Revelle College, University of California, San Diego (1976); received his doctorate in physics from the University of California, Berkeley (1983); and did his postdoctoral work at the California Institute of Technology. He joined the UR faculty in 1988. Besides his research and research-student mentoring, he teaches a variety of astronomy and physics courses, and serves on many committees. He became Chair of the UR Department of Physics and Astronomy in July 2013.  

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To contact Dan:
email dmw[at]pas.rochester.edu,
phone 1-585-275-8576, or
skype dan.m.watson.