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J.D. Smith, Ph.D


J.D. Smith, Ph.D.

J.D. Smith, Ph.D.
Professor of Astronomy
Director of Ritter Astrophysical Research Center

J.D. Smith’s research focuses on the physical conditions of interstellar material as a tool for understanding galaxy evolution. He is using infrared telescopes to dissect elusive smoke-like material floating between stars and planets in the M101 Pinwheel Galaxy that might be the precursors to life in the universe. Smith also leads UToledo’s Lowell Discovery Telescope partnership.

Expertise: Galaxy Evolution, Gas and Dust in Interstellar Matter, Abundance of Heavy Elements, Infrared Instrumentation

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Last Updated: 11/2/21