Barbara Ryden


A member of the faculty since 1992, Prof. Ryden studies the formation, alignment, and shapes of galaxies, and the large-scale structure of the universe, and cosmology, including tests for dark energy, dark matter, and the properties of the primordial density fluctuations. She is internationally known for her textbook Introduction to Cosmology, which won the first Chambliss Astronomical Writing Award in 2006 from the American Astronomical Society, and she has recently co-authored Foundations of Astrophysics with Prof. Bradley Peterson, a beginning-level text in astrophysics for astronomy majors.

Areas of Expertise
  • Cosmology
  • Large-scale Structure of the Universe
  • B.S., Physics, Northwestern University, 1983
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, Princeton University, 1987

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