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Patrick Palmer

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United State

Patrick Palmer, professor emeritus at the University of Chicago, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in radio astronomy.

Dr. Palmer earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Chicago in 1963 and continued his education at Harvard University, completing a Master of Arts in 1965 and his Doctor of Philosophy in 1968. He remained at Harvard as a radio astronomer before becoming an assistant professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago. Dr. Palmer rose to associate in 1970 and professor in 1975, and continued to teach stellar physics, stellar astronomy, and astrophysics until being granted emeritus status in 2006.

In addition to his work at Harvard, Dr. Palmer was visiting associate professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology, a visiting radio astronomer at Cambridge University, a visiting research astronomer at the University of California and a visiting scientist at the National Radio Astronomer Observatory. He is credited with using radio techniques to aid in the discovery of formaldehyde molecules in space and working on the team that produced the first radio image of Halley’s Comet in 1985. Dr. Palmer has been a part of research teams studying planetary formation and observation groups charting comets NEAT and LINEAR in 2004.

In recognition of his contributions to the field of galactic astronomy, Dr. Palmer has been awarded the Helen B. Warner Prize, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship and the Bart J. Bok Prize. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has maintained professional affiliations with the American Astronomical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society and the International Astronomical Union. In his retirement, Dr. Palmer enjoys reading and remains connected to the scientific community.

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