Jay M. Pasachoff

Director of the Hopkins Observatory;
Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy

at Williams since 1972

Jay Pasachoff in 2005 standing in front of the largest telescope in the world, the 10.4-meter reflector in the Canary Islands. Click on the image for a higher-resolution version.


Bronx High School of Science    H.S. 1959

Harvard College                         A.B. 1963

Harvard University                     A.M. 1965

Harvard University                     Ph.D. 1969

Harvard College Observatory    postdoc 1969-70

Caltech                                     postdoc 1970-72

2003 Education Prize, American Astronomical Society
2003 Honorary Member, Royal Astronomical Society of Canada
2003-2006 President, Commission on Education and Development of the International Astronomical Union current Chair, Working Group on Solar Eclipses
2012 Janssen Medal, Société Astronomique de France
2013-15 Chair, Historical Astronomy Division, American Astronomical Society; 2013-15, Chair; 2015-17 Past Chair
2017 Richmyer Memorial Lecture Award, American Association of Physics Teachers


Sabbatical and Other Leaves

Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii                   1980-81, 1984-85

Institut d’Astrophysique, Paris                                        1988

Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton                         1989-90

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics                1993-4

Harvard University   Visiting Lecturer in Astronomy         1993-4

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory                          Visiting Scientist 1993-4

Harvard University: Associate of the Astronomy Dept.    Smithsonian Astrophysical                                                                                                   Observatory: Visiting Scientist                                                                                               2001-2

California Institute of Technology                                   2008-9, Fall 2012, Spring 2016


Visiting Scientist Appointments, Not in Residence

California Institute of Technology                                                       2010-2011

California Institute of Technology Auxiliary Appointment, Visitor          Fall 2012-2013,                                                                                                                    2014-17

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory                                             2009-2012


Officer and Committee Member:

President, Commission 46 (Astronomy Education and Development) of the International Astronomical Union (2003-2006); Retiring President (2003-2006); U.S. National Liaison to the Commission and its predecessor, The Teaching of Astronomy, (197-)

Chair, Working Group on Solar Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union, Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage and Division E Sun and Heliosphere

Member, Johannes Kepler Working Group, IAU Commission 41 (now C.C3) on the History of Astronomy 

Member, IAU Division C Commission C1 (C.C1) Working Group, Theory and Methods in Astronomy Education

Member, IAU Division C Commission C1 (C.C1) Working Group, Network for Astronomy School Education

Past Chair, Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society (2015-17); Chair (2013-2015)

Organizing Committee, International Astronomical Union C.C3 on the History of Astronomy (2015-2018)

IAU Working Group on Star Names (2016–), Division C Education, Outreach and Heritage

Chair, Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society (2013-15)

Executive Committee Working Group (EC-WG) of the IAU; Public Naming of Planets and Planetary Satellites (2016-); IAU Working Group on Star Names (2016-)

Contact Information

Office: TPL 115
Phone: (413) 597-2105
Fax: (413) 597-3200
Home Phone: (413) 458-8346
Cell Phone: (617) 285-6351
E-mail: jay.m.pasachoff@williams.edu

65 past eclipse expeditions

for the Working Group on Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union

for Cambridge University Press Web pages for his text

for the Web page for his astronomy texts

for a list of his published books




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