Donald Q. Lamb
Robert A. Millikan Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Enrico Fermi Institute; and the College

Department Chair: 1988-1991

Education: BS 1967 (Physics and Mathematics); MS 1969 (Physics) Liverpool; PhD 1974 (Physics) Rochester

Phone: (773) 702-7194
Location: ERC 551
Email: lamboddjob.uchicago.edu

Affiliations: Director, Flash Center for Computational Science

Research
X-ray bursts, gamma-ray bursts, Type Ia supernovae, and galaxy clusters, statistical methods based on Bayesian inference.
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE

Research Fields:
Lamb's research has covered a wide range of topics in high-energy astrophysics, including the properties of cold and hot dense matter; the structure and evolution of white dwarfs and neutron stars; X-ray emission from compact stars, especially magnetic white dwarfs; and the physics of radiation transfer in super-strong magnetic fields.

Graduate Students
Past Graduate Students: Benedikt Diemer (2015, Astronomy and Astrophysics); John Zuhone (2009, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Daniel E. Reichart (2000, Astronomy and Astrophysics); Shanqun Zhan (1998, Astronomy and Astrophysics)

Teaching Courses
Past courses:
  • [ASTR 18500] The Lives and Deaths of Stars: 2014 - 2015 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 30100] Stars: 2011 - 2012 (Autumn); 2010 - 2011 (Autumn); 2009 - 2010 (Autumn); 2008 - 2009 (Autumn); 2007 - 2008 (Autumn)
  • [ASTR 46000] Interiors and Atmospheres of Exoplanets: 2013 - 2014 (Winter)
  • [PHSC 12000] Origin of the Universe and How We Know: 2006 - 2007 (Winter); 2004 - 2005 (Spring)

Department Committees

Past Department Committees:
  • Brinson Lectureship: 2014 - 2015
  • Awards: 2015 - 2016 | 2014 - 2015 (Chair) | 2013 - 2014 (Chair)
  • Budget and Policy: 2013 - 2014 | 2011 - 2012
  • Candidacy: 2011 - 2012 (Chair)