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Ed Churchwell

Ed Churchwell

Expert on star formation, infrared and radio astronomy, issues of extraterrestrial life

Professor emeritus, astronomy College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-4909 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Massive star formation: star formation requires knowledge of a wide range of astrophysics
  • Infrared and radio astronomy: objects in universe that are hidden at optical and ultraviolet light
  • Do extraterrestrial civilizations exist, and what are our prospects of detecting them?


  • Member, American Astronomical Society and International Astronomical Union
  • Published more than 200 refereed scientific research papers and contributed to three books and several popular articles
  • Principal investigator of the Galactic Legacy Infrared Mid-plane Survey Extraordinair (GLIMPSE) using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope