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Paul J Green

Center for Astrophysics


I studied creative writing and music performance at Oberlin College, but majored in physics. After 2 years as a Peace Corps high school physics teacher in rural Togo, West Africa, I began graduate school at the University of Washington, Seattle. There, I undertook to weigh the Milky Way using the orbits of faint carbon stars in the outer halo. Only problem is, many turned out to be nearby dwarfs, a great surprise! After obtaining my PhD, I conducted an X-ray survey of a thousand quasars during a brief NSF/NATO postdoc in Cambridge, UK and Munich, and then took a Hubble postdoctoral fellowship at SAO for 3 years, revealing that broad absorption line quasars are weak X-ray emitters. Staying at SAO, I joined the Chandra X-ray Center, first Chandra Mission Planning team, and now, in the Chandra Director's Office. I help run the annual Peer Review, and manage the Einstein postdoctoral fellows. I owe so much to colleagues, and to my graduate students and postdocs across the years whose devotion, integrity and professionalism are (nearly) as stunning as the cosmos itself.

PhD in Physics, University of Washington, Seattle