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Frank Shu Astrophysicist and Inventor


Frank Shu  is Distinguished Professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego. He received a Doctor of Science for his pioneering theoretical work in astrophysics at Stony Brook University’s 2017 Commencement ceremony. He has held faculty appointments at SBU and UC Berkeley. As a leader in his field, Dr. Shu has provided the world of science with many advances in how the stars are viewed and his ability to look at the galaxies for more than their beauty alone has impacted students and inspired scholars around the world. He is known for his pioneering theoretical work in a diverse set of fields, including the origin of meteorites, the birth and early evolution of stars, the process of mass transfer in close binary stars, and the structure of spiral galaxies. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Academia Sinica in Taiwan. He received the 2009 Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal for a lifetime of achievement in astronomy from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

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