Nick Scoville is Professor of Astronomy at CalTech
in Pasadena, CA and is now serving as Department
chair. He was born in New York and is the son of
Herbert Scoville who was active in arms control
issues and Ann Scoville who is an artist. He grew
up in Virginia just outside Washington, DC and obtained
his Bachelors Degree (1967) and Ph.D (1972) from
in New York.
His main research interests has been in interstellar
molecular clouds, the star formation which occurs
in these clouds, interacting ultraluminous-infrared
galaxies and active galactic nuclei. His main hobby
outside of astronomy is steel scultural welding.