Jonathan Grindlay is the Paine Professor of Astronomy
at Harvard and current Chair of the Harvard
Department of Astronomy. He received his Ph.D.
from Harvard in 1971, was a Harvard Junior Fellow
through 1974, then a research scientist at the Smithsonian
Astrophysical Observatory before joining the
Harvard faculty as Assistant Professor in 1976.
He was promoted to Professor in 1981, and Paine
Professor in 2001. His primary research interests
are in high energy astrophysics and the study of
compact objects (white dwarfs, neutron stars and
black holes) in x-ray binaries. A particularly long-standing
interest and activity is the study of compact binaries
in globular clusters, from the early days of x-ray
astronomy through present observations with HST
and the Chandra
X-ray Observatory. He is fortunate to have supervised
the thesis research of a number of students in this
work, including Professors Cool and Bailyn.