Michael C. McCarthy
Mike McCarthy received a BSc in Chemistry at the University of Alaska in 1986, and a PhD in physical chemistry from MIT in 1992 with R. W. Field. He then moved to the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as a Center Fellow with Patrick Thaddeus. He remained here as a member of the scientist staff and in 1997 was appointed to a position as the Yoram Avni Distinguished Research Astronomer. Since 2014, Mike is also the associate director of the CfA for the Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMP) division. Mike has co-authored over 200 scientific papers.
Mike's research interests include the spectroscopy of known and postulated astronomical carbon chains, carbon rings, and carbon clusters; the chemistry and physics of the interstellar medium; and molecular radio astronomy.