Gary Wegner

Dartmouth College, USA


Gary Wegner is currently Margaret Anne and Edward Leede '49 Distinguished Professor and Professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College where he has been a member of the faculty since 1982. He studied mathematics at Washington State University and received the B.S. degree in astronomy from the University of Arizona in 1967 and the Ph.D. degree in astronomy from the University of Washington in 1971. In 1971-1972, Wegner was a Fulbright Fellow at Mount Stromlo Observatory of the Australian National University. In 1972–1975, he was the Departmental Demonstrator in astrophysics at the University of Oxford and 1975–1978 served on the staff of the South African Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town. In 1978–1979, he was the Annie J. Cannon fellow in the Physics Department of the University of Delaware and in 1979–1982, an Assistant Professor of astronomy at the Pennsylvania State University. In addition, Wegner has been a Visiting Astronomer at several institutions including the University of Cambridge, 1977, Kitt Peak National Observatory, 1987, Cornell University, 1992, Oxford, 1992-1993 and 2002, the European Southern Observatory, 1997, and receipient of a research prize from the Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung at the Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum, 1993-1994. He was director of the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT Observatory on Kitt Peak, 1991-1999. Wegner's earlier work concentrated on spectroscopic observations of Ap stars and in particular, white dwarf stars, atmospheric abundances in their atmospheres, and measurement of the gravitational redshift. More recently his work has been concerned with extra-galactic astronomy. He was a member of the Seven Samurai group, 1987, that discovered the Great Attractor and large-scale galaxy motions and contributed to the EFAR, ENEAR, and SFI studies of galaxy motions and the Century redshift survey. Currently, Wegner is working on problems of galaxy evolution and dynamics.

Biography Updated on 13 December 2007

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