Alumni: Bryan E. Penprase, 1992
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1992

Professor, Dean of Faculty, Soka University of America


Bryan's research includes nearly all aspects of observational astrophysics, from photometric observations of nearby asteroids to spectroscopic studies of element formation in the Early Universe, using telescopes such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Keck Telescope in Hawaii. He is the author of "The Power of Stars - How Celestial Observations Have Shaped Civilization," published by Springer, Inc., and has authored or co-authored over 47 peer-reviewed articles, most recently in the Astrophysical Journal and the Astronomical Journal, but also in Nature and Science. He has served on numerous NSF and NASA review panels,including the Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee and the NASA/Keck Time Allocation Committee, and has participated in the external review of the Five College Astronomy Program.