Dr. Charles H. Lineweaver
Lineweaver, Ph.D. is an associate professor at
the Australian National University’s Planetary Science Institute (PSI),
a joint venture of the ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
and Research School of Earth Science.
Charley’s research involves analysis of the statistical distribution of exoplanets, the cosmic microwave background radiation, and cosmological prerequisites for the formation of terrestrial planets and life. Educated at Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität in Munich where he was awarded highest honors in physics, he earned a Ph.D. in physics at the University of California, Berkeley in 1994.
Charley was a postdoctoral fellow at the Observatoire Astronomique in Strasbourg and, successively, a vice chancellor’s postdoctoral research fellow and Australian Research Council (ARC) fellow at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). He joined the UNSW faculty as a senior lecturer in 2002 and was appointed to his present position two years later.
His general interests are in the field of astrobiology, cosmology, and planetology.
More specifically he is interested in:
- The analysis of recent exoplanet data and its ability to address the question “Is our Solar System typical?”
- The cosmic microwave background radiation and its ability to constrain cosmological parameters.
- The statistical analysis of important new data sets.
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