Alexander Dalgarno, Phillips
Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University and
Senior Research Physicist at Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory, has made seminal
contributions to our understanding of atomic and
molecular structure and spectroscopy, and processes
involving interactions of atoms and molecules with
electrons, ions, and radiation.
Over a span of more than five
decades he has applied his deep insight regarding
physics on the atomic scale to the physics of
astronomical environments, as well as the
atmospheres of the earth and solar system planets.
Dalgarno has educated and worked
with literally hundreds of students, postdoctoral
fellows and scientific collaborators. He has played
an important leadership role in the theoretical
atomic, molecular and optical physics community by
creating the Institute for Theoretical Atomic,
Molecular and Optical Physics, funded by the
National Science Foundation.
This Symposium, in celebration of
his 80th Birthday this year, featured highlights of
his on-going scientific legacy.