EDMUND BERTSCHINGER, Professor of Physics; Head, Department of Physics

Professor of Physics

EMAIL: edbert@mit.edu

PHONE: (617) 324-7319

ASSISTANT: Thea Paneth (617) 253-3718

MIT Department of Physics
77 Mass. Ave., Room 37-627
Cambridge, MA 02139



Area(s) of Physics:

Theoretical astrophysics, gravitation and cosmology

In The News

Career History

  • S.B., Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1979
  • Ph.D., Physics, Princeton University, 1984
  • Research Associate, University of Virginia, 1983-85
  • Miller Research Fellow, University of California at Berkeley, 1985-86
  • Assistant Professor, MIT Physics, 1986-1991
  • Associate Professor, MIT Physics, 1991-1996
  • Professor, MIT Physics, 1996-Present
  • Astrophysics Division Head, 2002-2007
  • Department Head, Physics, 2007-2013
  • Institute Community and Equity Officer, MIT, 2013-2018

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 - Committed to Caring Award, MIT Office of the Dean for Graduate Education
  • 2015 - American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 2013 - Outstanding Advocacy Award, Council for the Advancement of Black Students, MIT
  • 2013 - Outstanding Freshman Advisor Award, MIT
  • 2012 - Outstanding MAEStro Award from MAES-Latinos in Engineering and Science for "...proactive and supporting efforts to increase the number of Latino students successfully completing high school and pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
  • 2012 - Luis Walter Alvarez Award for the Advancement of Latinos in Science, SACNAS-SHPE-MAES STEM Consortium
  • 2012 - Honorary Member, MIT Alumni Association
  • 2012 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award, MIT
  • 2007 - Guggenheim Fellowship
  • 2002 - Buechner Teaching Prize, MIT Physics Department
  • 1996 - American Physical Society Fellow
  • 1992 - Helen B. Warner Prize, American Astronomical Society
  • 1990-92 - Class of 1956 Career Development Professor of Physics, MIT
  • 1988-90 - Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship

Biographical Sketch

Ed Bertschinger is a Professor of Physics at MIT with an affiliation in the MIT Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. He is a scholar-activist-administrator for diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Ed served as MIT’s inaugural Community and Equity Officer from 2013–2018 and has served on numerous national committees and task forces on equity in physics and astronomy. During 2007–2013 he was Physics Department Head at MIT. He is a theoretical astrophysicist whose research lies in cosmology, gravitation, and numerical methods, and whose passion lies in shifting the culture of STEM fields to be inclusive and equitable for everyone. He is a Fellow of both the APS and the AAAS and has won the MIT MLK Leadership Award, the Outstanding Freshman Advisor Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and many other awards.

Selected Publications

  • E. Bertschinger, On the Growth of Perturbations as a Test of Dark Energy and Gravity, Astrophysical Journal, 648, 797 (2006).
  • J. D. Schnittman & E. Bertschinger, A Model for High Frequency Quasi-periodic Oscillations from Accreting Black Holes, Astrophysical Journal, 606, 1098 (2004).
  • E. Bertschinger, Cosmological Perturbation Theory and Structure Formation, in Proc. Cosmology 2000, ed. M. C. Bento, O. Bertolami, and L. Teodoro (2000).
  • E. Bertschinger, Simulations of Structure Formation in the Universe, Annual Reviews of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 36, 599 (1998).
  • E. Bertschinger, Cosmological Dynamics, in Cosmology and Large Scale Structure, proc. Les Houches Summer School, Session LX, ed. R. Schaeffer, J. Silk, M. Spiro, and J. Zinn-Justin (Amsterdam: Elsevier Science), 273 (1996).
  • C.-P. Ma & E. Bertschinger, Cosmological Perturbation Theory in the Synchronous and Conformal Newtonian Gauges, Astrophysical Journal, 455, 7 (1995).
  • E. Bertschinger & A. Dekel, Recovering the Full Velocity and Density Fields from Large-Scale Redshift-Distance Samples, Astrophysical Journal, 336, L5 (1989).

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