Eve Ostriker, Ph.D.

Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics, Princeton University

Eve Ostriker is the Lyman Spitzer, Jr., Professor of Theoretical Astrophysics at Princeton University. Prior to joining the Princeton faculty, she was a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Maryland. She received her bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in Physics from Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Ostriker’s research is in the area of theoretical and computational astrophysics, with main scientific interests in the process of star formation; the dynamics, thermodynamics, and chemistry of the interstellar medium and circumgalactic medium; the structure and evolution of galaxies; and the physics of accretion and outflows. She is also active in the development of numerical methods and tools for computational fluid dynamics, including magnetic fields, radiation, and cosmic rays. A particular emphasis of her work has been on quantifying the role of turbulence and analyzing how the many forms of energy returned by massive stars to their surroundings lead to self-regulated star formation and powerful galactic winds. Ostriker is a Simons Investigator in Astrophysics and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was a recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Miller Institute.

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