Jerry Sellwood completed his PhD in Astronomy at Manchester
University, England in 1977. He has held positions at the European
Southern Observatory, Groningen University (The Netherlands),
Cambridge University (England), and the Space Telescope Science
Institute in Baltimore. He was a Faculty Member at Rutgers University
from 1991-2017, rising to the rank of Distinguished Professor. While
retired from teaching and adminstrative work, he continues his
research as an Associate of Steward Observatory and a Distinguished
Campus Colleague of the University of Arizona.
He is the 2012 winner of the Brouwer Prize, awarded by the American
Astronomical Society for excellence in dynamical astronomy. His
research was also recognized in the 2013 Rutgers Board of Trustees
Award for Excellence in Research. He received the 1999 Graduate
Teaching Award from Rutgers Graduate School and is a Life Member of
Clare Hall Cambridge. He is a member of the International
Astronomical Union and of the American Astronomical Society.
His main interests are structure and evolution of galaxies, their
formation and their dark matter content. He is an expert on disk
dynamics, bars and spirals in galaxies, and uses state-of-the-art
N-body simulations to learn about these systems. He has published
four major reviews, over 100 research papers, edited three volumes of
conference proceedings, and delivered more than 40 invited lectures at
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