David Rabinowitz, PhD
Since joining Yale's Physics Department in 1999, David L. Rabinowitz has been a key member of the QUEST team which has built and operated extremely large digital cameras for detection and study of transient astrophysical phenomena (supernovae, quasars, asteroids, gamma-ray bursts and colliding neutron stars). His studies have ranged from the population of the near-Earth asteroids and dwarf planets in our own solar system to measuring the accelerated expansion of the universe using type-IA supernova as distance probes . He is credited as a co-discoverer of hundreds of supernova, thousands of asteroids, and the population of dwarf planets in the outer solar system. Currently he is helping to build the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a detector that will probe the expansion history of the universe by measuring the redshift 30 million galaxies.