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Stony Brook University Professor James Lattimer Selected as an American Astronomical Society Fellow

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James M. Lattimer, PhD Distinguished Professor

Stony Brook, NY, February 16, 2023 – James Lattimer, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook University, has been selected as a 2023 Fellow of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

AAS Fellows are recognized for their contributions to the Society and its overarching mission – advancing the science that informs humanity’s understanding of the universe. For his part, Professor Lattimer has made formative discoveries about the structure and evolution of neutron stars.

Professor Lattimer has collaborated with other scientists to develop pioneering simulations of proto-neutron stars and their neutrino emissions, and he also helped enable the use of high-performance numerical simulations by creating the first open-source equation-of-state code and tables suitable for their application.

Professor Lattimer is the first Stony Brook faculty member selected as an AAS fellow since the inaugural class of 2019. He is also a fellow of the J.S. Guggenheim Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the American Physical Society (APS).

“I am delighted that Jim has been recognized by the recently established AAS fellowship program,”  said Chang Kee Jung, PhD, Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  “Jim is an internationally renowned nuclear astrophysicist and has already received the prestigious Hans Bethe Prize given by the APS for truly outstanding work in the areas of astrophysics, nuclear physics, nuclear astrophysics, or closely related fields.”

Professor Lattimer earned his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and his BS from the University of Notre Dame.

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