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Alyssa A. Goodman

  • 2016–2017
  • Physical Sciences
  • Codirector of the science program at Harvard Radcliffe Institute and Robert Wheeler Willson Professor of Applied Astronomy in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Portrait of Alyssa Goodman
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Alyssa A. Goodman codirects Radcliffe’s science program. Her work spans astronomy, data visualization, science education, and the use of technology in academic research and teaching.

Recently, she has focused on the history, science, and art of making predictions from ancient Mesopotamia to modern computer simulation of climate change.

Goodman earned an undergraduate degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her PhD in physics from Harvard. She was a President’s Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, before joining the Harvard faculty. She won the 1997 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize in Astronomy, was elected a fellow of the AAAS in 2009, and was selected the 2015 Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation.

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