Doyal ''Al'' Harper
Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics; and the College

Director of Yerkes Observatory: 2012-present, 1982-1989

Education: BA 1966 (Electrical Engineering) Rice University; PhD 1971 (Space Science) Rice University

Phone: (773) 702-0183
Location: TAAC 5; Yerkes Observ.
Email: aloddjob.uchicago.edu

Affiliations: Director, Yerkes Observatory

Research
Publications: ADS | arXiv | inSPIRE

Research Fields:
Harper's research deals with problems of formation of galaxies, stars, and planetary systems, physics of the interstellar medium, and properties of interstellar dust. His experimental research group constructs and operates infrared instrumentation. He helped pioneer astronomical research on airborne telescopes, and at the South Pole. His group is currently constructing the facility far infrared camera for NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Far Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA).

Graduate Students

Past Graduate Students: Reid Sherman (2011); David M. Cole (1999)

Teaching Courses
Past courses:
  • [ASTR 18300] Searching Between the Stars: 2011 - 2012 (Winter); 2010 - 2011 (Winter); 2009 - 2010 (Spring); 2008 - 2009 (Winter); 2007 - 2008 (Winter)
  • [ASTR 28200] Current Topics in Astrophysics: 2011 - 2012 (Spring); 2010 - 2011 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 30300] Interstellar Matter: 2013 - 2014 (Winter); 2012 - 2013 (Winter); 2008 - 2009 (Spring); 2007 - 2008 (Spring); 2006 - 2007 (Spring); 2004 - 2005 (Spring)
  • [ASTR 36100] Interstellar Medium: 2009 - 2010 (Winter)

Department Committees

Past Department Committees: