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Nicholas Suntzeff
Mitchell/Munnerlyn/Heep Professor of Observational Astronomy
Astronomy - Astrophysics

Office Tel: 1-979-773-7000
Office: MIST513
Lab Location: Munnerlyn 214
Fax: 1-979-845-2590
Mobile: 1-979-229-9597
Office Hours: by appointment (email me!)

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Education: Stanford 1970-1974
UC Santa Cruz, Lick Observatory 1974-80

Nicholas Suntzeff is an observational astronomer, working the fields of cosmology, supernovae, galaxy evolution and large-scale structure, stellar populations, astronomical site surveys, and instrumentation.

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Suntzeff studied mathematics at Stanford University (B.S. with distinction 1974) and astronomy and astrophysics at Lick Observatory, UC Santa Cruz (Ph.D. 1980). He has worked as an astronomer at the University of Washington, the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, and the US National Optical Astronomy Observatory/Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in La Serena, Chile where he was the Associate Director for Science for NOAO. In 1994 with Dr. Brian Schmidt, he co-founded the High-Z Supernova Team which in 1998 discovered acceleration and the presence of Dark Energy in the Universe. He was also a co-founder of the Calan/Tololo Supernova Survey which established Type Ia supernovae as the most precise markers for measuring cosmological distances.


1974 - Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University
1983 - Robert J. Trumpler Award for Outstanding PhD thesis in Astronomy, Astronomical Society of the Pacific
1983 - Carnegie Fellowship, Mt. Wilson and Las Campanas Observatories
1992 - Outstanding Achievement Award, Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy
1998 - Outstanding Achievement Award, Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy
1998 - Breakthrough of the Year, Science Magazine
2006 - Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Endowed Chair in Observational Astronomy
2007 - Gruber Prize in Cosmology
2010 - Jefferson Senior Science Fellow, National Academy of Sciences & US State Department
2012 - Distinguished Achievement Award, Association of Former Students of Texas A&M University
2013 - Distinguished University Professor, Texas A&M University
2013 - George H. W. Bush Achievement Award in Research
2015 - Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics


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