Lynne Hillenbrand




Hillenbrand is currently a professor of astronomy at the California Institute of Technology.  Postdoctoral work was conducted at Caltech and at U.C. Berkeley.  She was a graduate student at the University of Massachusetts,  an undergraduate at Princeton University, and hails from the Philadelphia area.

Since 2001 she has taught astronomy and astrophysics at the undergraduate level (galactic astronomy, stellar structure, atmospheres and evolution, interstellar medium, optical laboratory, and scientific writing courses) and graduate level (physics of stars, measurement and instrumentation in optical/infrared astronomy, special topics courses in extrasolar planets and stellar seismology, and presentation of current literature). In research she has mentored 4 high school students, 34 undergraduate students, 15 graduate students, and 13 postdoctoral scholars.

She has been working in the area of star/planet formation and stellar astrophysics for over 25 years with over 275 research publications. Observational and data analysis experience covers wavelengths from x-ray to millimeter, though focusing mostly on optical/near-infrared science. Her most well-known research accomplishments include evidence for circumstellar disks around Herbig Ae/Be stars, determination of the stellar and sub-stellar initial mass function in the Orion Nebula Cluster, studies of age spreads in star forming regions, and determination of age constraints on circumstellar disk evolutionary timescales, both primordial and debris. Other research interests include star clusters, stellar angular momentum evolution, stellar age indicators, protostars, accretion and accretion-driven wind phenomena, young planets, variability phenomena in young stars, stellar multiplicity.

Hillenbrand has served on a number of prominent national advisory committees for the NRC, AAAC, NASA, NSF, and AAS; various boards and governing bodies for astronomy organizations such as AURA and ASP, oversight bodies, committees for facility reviews, science steering committees, user groups, various AAS, ASP, and IAU committees; telescope allocation committees, funding peer reviews and journal refereeing; scientific meeting organizing committees, CIT Institute committees, ETC.

She is a member of the International Astronomical Union, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and is a National Associate of the NAS.

Biographical Sketch

Professor of Astronomy                

California Institute of Technology        Cahill Center for                      Astronomy and Astrophysics                                          

MC 249-17                               Pasadena, CA 91105