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Dr. Meg Urry

Dr. Meg Urry

Dr. Meg Urry, Yale University – Professor Urry is Chair of the Physics Department at Yale, as well as Israel Munson Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and Director of the Yale Center for Astronomy and Astrophysics.  She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1984 and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1977.  Her scientific research focuses on active galaxies, which host accreting supermassive black holes in their centers.  She has published over 200 refereed research articles on supermassive black holes and galaxies and is a Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Author.”  Professor Urry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Physical Society and American Women in Science, received an honorary doctorate from Tufts University, and was awarded the American Astronomical Society’s Annie Jump Cannon and George van Biesbroeck prizes.  Prior to moving to Yale in 2001, Professor Urry was a senior scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which runs the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA.  Professor Urry is also known for her efforts to increase the number of women in the physical sciences, for which she won the 2010 Women in Space Science Award from the Adler Planetarium.