Director of the Hopkins Observatory; Chair, Astronomy Department; Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy
at Williams since 1972
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 Richtmeyer Memorial Lecture Award, American Association of Physics Teachers
2019 Klumpke-Roberts Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
2020 Legacy Fellow of the American Astronomical Society
2022 Fellow of Sigma Xi
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
Carnegie Observatories, Pasadena Spring 2019
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
Former 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-)
Office: Thompson Physical Laboratory 115, 33 Lab Campus Drive, Williams College, Williamstown, MA 01267-2565
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73 past solar eclipse expeditions as of 2021
for the Working Group on Eclipses of the International Astronomical Union
for Cambridge University Press Web pages for his text
For the most recent edition, also from Cambridge University Press, Published May 2019
Transit of Mercury Information
for a list of his published books and links to their availability
Pasachoff, Jay M., and Spencer R. Weart, 1974, “Creation of the Universe: A Modest Proposal” (a parody), Journal of Irreproducible Results, 1973; reprinted in Theology Today 31 (2), 161, July 1974. Later anthologized in More Random Walks in Science (R. L. Weber, ed.), CRC Press, 1982. Also included in Pasachoff, Contemporary Astronomy.
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