Charles Baltay

Yale University Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Designee for Richard Levin, President

Charles BaltayCharles Baltay is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics and Professor of Astronomy at Yale University. A world-renowned cosmologist (and the man responsible for the astronomical demotion of Pluto), Baltay was born in Hungary and raised in Bavaria shortly after World War II. After relocating to the United States, Baltay received a PhD in physics from Yale in 1963. He was Professor of physics at Columbia University from 1972 to 1988 and served as Director of its Nevis Laboratory from 1979 to 1985. Baltay has held his present position since 1988, and served as chairman of Yale’s Department of Physics from 1995 to 2001. His research interests are experimental particle physics, astrophysics and cosmology.




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One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE’s Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization.