Adjunct Professor of English
Office: 70 Brown St., Rm. 216
Phone: (401) 863-3749
B.A. Princeton, 1970
Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1974
Theoretical astrophysics; novels and essays. Much of his writing, both in fiction and nonfiction, synthesizes his interests in science and in the humanities and arts.
Alan Lightman has done fundamental research in astrophysics, including black holes, cosmology, and radiation processes. He has written nonfiction books about science, several novels, and several collections of essays. His essays and stories have appeared in Harper's, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Granta, Salon, the New York Times, and many other publications. He co-founded the MIT graduate program in science writing. He co-founded the Catalyst Collaborative, which is a partnership between scientists at MIT and the Underground Railway Theater, to produce new plays that concern science. He also founded and directs a nonprofit organization called the Harpswell Foundation, which works to empower women in Cambodia and other developing countries.