Donald Terndrup

Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Prof Terndrup joined the Ohio State faculty in 1990. He is an observational astronomer focused on the characterization of stars and stellar systems, with an emphasis on their abundances and rotation rates. He is known for his work on the structure and stellar population of the Galactic bulge, the angular momentum of low-mass stars in the Pleiades and Hyades, the distances to open clusters, and the structure of spiral galaxies. From 2008 to 2012 he served as the Program Director for the Stellar Astronomy and Astrophysics Division at the National Science Foundation. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the department.

Areas of Expertise
  • Angular Momentum Evolution in Stars
  • Star Clusters
  • Stellar Populations
  • B.A., Astronomy and Physics, University of California, Berkeley, 1981
  • Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1986

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