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Farhad Yusef-Zadeh

Farhad Yusef-Zadeh

(Northwestern University)

Farhad Yusef-Zadeh is an astrophysicist at Northwestern University. He went to State University of New York at Stony Brook for his undergraduate studies in Physics and then to Columbia University where he received his Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1986. He spent two years at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center working as a National Research Council postdoctoral fellow before joining the faculty of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Northwestern University in 1988.

Farhad's main interest is to understand the physical processes that take place in the nucleus of our galaxy, the nature of supernova remnants interacting with molecular clouds, and star formation occurring in ionized clouds. The observation, analysis, and interpretation of the data is taken with radio telescopes and to a lesser extent with infrared, X-ray and optical telescopes, including Hubble.

Farhad grew up in Tehran, Iran and came to New York at the age of 18 to attend college. His fascination with the night sky began early in his life as he would often sleep on the roof of his house during hot summer nights and would watch the stars of the Milky Way galaxy. This fascination turned into a career once he reached Columbia University and focused his efforts on understanding the center of our galaxy.


Jay Anders