Press Release

Meet Research Luminaries at Celebration of Harvard Astronomy

By SpaceRef Editor
March 29, 2013
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More than a century, Harvard astronomers have delved into some of the most compelling puzzles in the cosmos. From the successful hunt for alien worlds to the surprise discovery of dark energy, Harvard researchers and their students have made a bold imprint on the field.

At the same time, the Harvard Department of Astronomy has upheld a century-old tradition of exceptional graduate students and faculty. The department’s graduates have become distinguished scientists and leaders in their respective specialties.

Journalists are invited to attend a reunion of Graduate Alumni of Harvard Astronomy. Two spirited panel discussions will focus on areas of astronomical research with seminal Harvard contributions: testing Einstein’s theory of gravity, and extrasolar planets and life.

Date: Friday, April 5, 2013
Time: 12:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Commander Hotel, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Participants will include two Nobel laureates and a variety of distinguished researchers, all Harvard alumni. A full list of participants is available at the website above.

This event also will include a luncheon featuring a historical review of astronomy at Harvard by Owen Gingerich, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy and of the History of Science. Tickets to the luncheon are $30 per person.

Conference registration is free to credentialed journalists. To register, visit and click on the link at upper right.

Journalists can obtain free registration by selecting the “PhD/postdoc” option at the bottom of the page. Instead of department/degree/year, please list your affiliation.

You are urged to register soon because the registration cap has nearly been reached. Seating is limited, and admission will be on a first come first serve basis.

This conference is hosted by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.

Robb Scholten
+1 617-495-3752

David Aguilar
+1 617-495-7462

Christine Pulliam
+1 617-495-7463

For registration assistance, contact Robb Scholten, +1 617-495-3752,

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) is a joint collaboration between the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the Harvard College Observatory. CfA scientists, organized into six research divisions, study the origin, evolution and ultimate fate of the universe.

SpaceRef staff editor.