Josh Winn, Associate Professor of Physics

Associate Professor of Physics

EMAIL: jwinn@mit.edu

PHONE: (617) 258-5928

FAX: (617) 253-9798

OFFICE: 37-664B

ASSISTANT: Thea Paneth (617) 253-3718


Area of Physics:

Astrophysics: Stars, Planets, Optical Observations

Research Interests

Josh Winn is a physicist and astronomer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  His research goals are to explore the properties of planets around other stars, understand how planets form and evolve, and make progress on the age-old question of whether there are other planets capable of supporting life.  His group uses optical and infrared telescopes to study exoplanetary systems, especially those in which the star and planet eclipse one another.  He was a member of the NASA Kepler team and is now Deputy Science Director of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, a NASA mission scheduled for launch in 2017.  Over the years, he and his group have also pursued topics in stellar astronomy, planetary dynamics, radio interferometry, gravitational lensing, and photonic bandgap materials.

Biographical Sketch

Josh Winn is from Deerfield, Illinois. He graduated from MIT in 1994 with S.B. and S.M. degrees in physics. After spending a year as a Fulbright Scholar in the UK, at Cambridge University, he returned to MIT as a Hertz Fellow. While in graduate school, he worked in medical physics, condensed-matter physics, and astrophysics, and wrote for the science section of The Economist. He earned a Ph.D. in physics in 2001, and subsequently held NSF and NASA postdoctoral fellowships at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He joined the MIT faculty in January 2006.

Selected Publications

Professor Winn's publications can be found on his personal web site.

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