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Haverford College
Departments of Physics and Astronomy
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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. Three 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 theoretical BiCollege physics community is uniquely strong for a liberal arts college, including faculty who study theoretical particle physics, quantum gravity, string theory, quantum computing, fluid dynamics, and computational nanoscience. More on Theory >

Inside Physics & Astronomy @ Haverford


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    The visiting assistant professor of physics and postdoctoral scholar talks asteroids, UFO abductions, and Phillies baseball on WHYY's The Pulse.
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    Suzanne Amador Kane (Haverford Physics) and her student research team used bird-mounted cameras to examine how falcons pursue their prey. Since their research was published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, the study has been attracting international media attention and a YouTube video of footage from a "falconcam" has gone viral.

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  • astronoblog


    Providing a window into what we do here in the Haverford astronomy program, the astronoblog is a platform to share some of these cool things with you!
  • Latest Post: 3/22 Public Outreach Event


Thursday, April 24th, 2014


Friday, April 25th, 2014


  • 6:30
    Astronomy Night!
    Astronomy Night! Chase Auditorium 2014-04-25T18:30:00 2014-04-25T21:00:00
    Please join us for this free, public eve nt held (rain or shine) in conjunction w ith the Philadelphia Science Festival. We will offer both hands-on activities and telescope observing.

Monday, May 5th, 2014


Tuesday, May 6th, 2014


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