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Michal Simon

Reveling in his MacBook, Mike enters the 21st century.

Dept. of Physics and Astronomy
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3800

Phone: (631) 632 8226
Fax: (631) 632 8176
Email: michal.simon at

Born Sept. 28, 1940; Prague, Czech Republic

A.B. (Physics), 1962, Harvard University
Ph.D. (Astronomy), 1967, Cornell University

Professional Appointments
2008-present:     Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Stony Brook
1997-2008:     Professor of Astronomy, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Stony Brook
1969-1997:    Asst. - Professor, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, Stony Brook; Chair, 1980-3
2006-present:    Research Assoc., Dept. of Astrophysics, Am. Mus. of Nat. Hist., New York City
1998:     Observatoire de Grenoble, France (visiting)
1991:     MPI for Astronomie, Heidelberg, Germany (visiting)
1984:     Arcetri Observatory, Florence, Italy (visiting)
1977, 1984:    IfA, Univ. of Hawaii (visiting)
1969-1971:     Postdoctoral Fellow, California Institute of Technology

Graduate Advisors: T. Gold and W.I. Axford

Postdoctoral Advisor: J. Greenstein

Doctoral Students: Miriam Forman, Dan Gezari, Bob Stachnik, Giovanna Righini, Jackie Fischer, Fred Hamann, Wen Ping Chen, Lisa Prato, Tracy Beck, Gail Schaefer, Chad Bender, Josh Schlieder (current)

Postdoctorals: Giovanna Righini, Dara Norman

Research and Teaching
I am trying to improve our understanding of young stars and their formation as binaries. My approaches include measurements of stellar mass, binary frequency, and the properties of circumstellar disks. This research uses state-of-the-art instrumentation in several areas of astronomy. Since the research is often collaborative, it offers graduate students the opportunity not only the opportunity to observe with instruments at the forefront of modern astronomy, but also to work with individuals who are expert in their use. Specific recent results may be found in the NASA ADS listings and on astro-ph.

In retirement, my professional life has changed little except that I avoid faculty meetings and do not have formal teaching assignments. I enjoy working with students. My current teaching activity includes supervision of graduate students and undergraduate research projects and, occasionally, an advanced topics seminar.