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Colin Norman was educated at the University of Melbourne in engineering, mathematics, and physics. He received his PhD at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He was a research fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a Miller Fellow at University of California, Berkley. He joined the faculty of Leiden Observatory as an assistant professor.
In addition to being a professor in the department, Norman has been an astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute since 1984. He works on both theoretical and observational astrophysics in areas including the formation, structure, and evolution of galaxies, the physics of active galaxies, quasars, and starburst galaxies, the structures of the intergalactic and interstellar media, star formation, particle astrophysics, and exoplanets.
He has recently founded the Institute for Planets and Life (IPL) with Jocelyne DiRuggiero (Biology) and Daniel Apai (STSCI) to foster interdisciplinary studies in these areas at JHU, JHMI, and APL.
GRADUATE COURSES (including senior undergraduates):
Planets, Life, and the Universe (with STScI, Biology, EPS)
Stars and Stellar Evolution
Introductory Physics for Biosciences
Physics for Biosciences