Biographical information

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, rising to the rank of Distinguished Professor, before retiring in June 2017. 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 a Legacy Fellow 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 four volumes of conference proceedings, and delivered more than 40 invited lectures at international conferences.

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