Welcome to Physics and Astronomy at Haverford
The concepts and methods of physics are fundamental throughout the sciences, and have produced profound scientific, philosophical, and technological developments. Our departments are built on close work between students and faculty on cutting-edge research, with nearly all physics, astronomy and astrophysics majors participating.
Why Physics & Astronomy at Haverford: Student Research
Virtually all our majors engage in cutting-edge research, working closely with faculty in fields such as biophysics, quantum computers, cosmology, quantum gravity, fluid dynamics, nanoscience, and extra-galactic astronomy. More on Student Research >
Why Physics & Astronomy at Haverford: Post Graduation
Our majors go on to the top echelon of graduate schools; to careers in engineering and computers; to medicine, law, and public policy; to high-school teaching; and to dozens of other career choices. More on Post Graduation >
Why Physics & Astronomy at Haverford: Faculty
We are innovative and dedicated teachers. Four out of our seven tenure-track faculty have been appointed since 2006. More on Faculty >
Why Physics & Astronomy at Haverford: Community
Our students collaborate -- with faculty, and one another. There is a strong sense of community in our department. More on Community >
Why Physics & Astronomy at Haverford: Theory
Our six person department is uniquely strong for a liberal arts college, including faculty who study quantum computing, computational galaxy formation, and dark matter. Haverford owns a shared computing cluster on which this research is conducted. More on Theory >
Inside Physics & Astronomy @ Haverford
- Recent Experiences.
Find a quick overview of the Physics and Astronomy department and programs
- Sketches on Courses lets you take a look at what Physics and Astronomy courses are really like.
Check out The Lighter Side of Haverford Physics and Astronomy including Physics Songs, Department picnics and outings, and more.
Boughn will be heading off to Princeton University for a final sabbatical year before his “official” retirement, but we caught up with him for a chat about his nearly three decades at Haverford.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy John Bochanski and his team, which includes Associate Professor of Astronomy Beth Willman, published a letter in Astrophysical Journal Letters detailing the discovery of two cool red giants which are more than 700,000 light years away.
The Shaw Prize-winning University of Virginia professor and his brother, Steve, the astronaut who used the robot arm of the space shuttle Discovery to lift the Hubble Space Telescope out of the cargo bay while flying in orbit, are profiled for making astronomy the "family business" of sorts.
Saturday, November 1st, 2014
6:45Astronomy Open House and Public ObservingAstronomy Open House and Public Observing http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/262468 Observatory 103 2014-11-01T18:45:00 2014-11-01T20:30:00Rain or shine, Strawbridge Observatory is opening its doors to the community for a night of hands-on inquiry and (weather permitting) telescope observing.
Thursday, November 20th, 2014
Monday, December 1st, 2014
4:30Distinguished Visitor Jennifer Lotz, Associate Astronomer, Space Telescope Science InstituteDistinguished Visitor Jennifer Lotz, Associate Astronomer, Space Telescope Science Institute http://www.haverford.edu/calendar/details/261951 KINSC Sharpless Auditorium 2014-12-01T16:30:00 2014-12-01T18:00:00
Monday, December 15th, 2014