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David Helfand

Professor, Astronomy


Pupin 1020

212.854.6876



Professor Helfand received his B.A. from Amherst College, M.S. in Physics, and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Massachusetts. He has also been a visiting scientist at the Danish Space Research institute and a Sackler Distinguished visiting astronomer at Cambridge. He has been a professor in both Physics and Astronomy and served for many years as the chair of the Department of Astronomy. He is also a past-president of the American Astronomical Society.


Research Topics

neutron stars, X-ray background, radio surveys