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Professor of Physics, University of California San Diego

Adam Burgasser is a Professor of Physics at UC San Diego and an observational astrophysicist, investigating the coolest stars, brown dwarfs and extrasolar planets. A native of Buffalo, New York, Adam received his Bachelors of Science in Physics from UC San Diego and his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Physics from the California Institute of Technology. He went on to be a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at UCLA, a Spitzer Postdoctoral Fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, and a member of the Physics faculty at MIT before coming back to UC San Diego in 2010. He has published over 400 peer-review articles, conference proceedings and book chapters in astrophysics, and is best known for his work defining the T spectral class of brown dwarfs, investigations of binary star/brown dwarf systems, and studies of weather on and radio emission from cool extraterrestrial atmospheres. Adam also pursues research in Physics Education, with a focus on interactive and inquiry learning, and Art-Science collaboratives. Adam is an advocate for equity in the sciences, leading UCSD's UC-HBCU partnership in Physics with Morehouse and Spelman Colleges and serving as chair of the American Astronomical Society Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy. He has been awarded UCSD's highest awards in teaching, mentorship and championing equity. A national springboard diving champion in 1996 and NCAA Top 8 Awardee, Adam can still be seen at the pool or the beach enjoying the water.


  • –present
    Professor of Physics, University of California, San Diego


Hubble Fellow, Spitzer Fellow, UCSD Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award, UCSD Outstanding Mentor Award, UCSD Distinguished Teaching Award