Meg Urry, Ph.D.
Chair of the Physics Department, Yale University
Prof. Urry received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Mathematics from Tufts University, graduating summa cum laude, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, the latter for X-ray and ultraviolet studies done at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she moved to the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI), which operates the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA. She arrived at Yale in 2001 as the first female tenured faculty member in the history of the Yale Physics Department. Prof. Urry’s scientific research focuses on active galaxies, which host accreting supermassive black holes in their centers. Her current interests include the mass function of black holes and the co-evolution of active and normal galaxies. She has published over 140 refereed articles in scientific journals. Prof. Urry is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Physical Society. In 1990, she received the Annie Jump Cannon prize of the American Astronomical Society.