Dalgarno Celebratory Symposium

September 10 - September 12, 2008
Cambridge, Ma 02138

All Scientific Sessions were held in the Radcliffe Gym.

Talks are now available online at:

Pictures from the Event can be viewed here:



Alex Dalgarno

Alex Dalgarno Harvard University, ITAMP


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.