Posted 16 September 2004 - 08:51 PM
Yervant Terzian is the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences in the Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences at Cornell University, where he was Department Chairperson from 1979 to 1999.
Terzian's fields of expertise include planetary nebulae, physics of the interstellar medium, galaxies, and radio astronomy. He has been a Visiting Professor at various universities including the University of Montreal (Canada), the University of Thessaloniki (Greece), and the University of Florence (Italy). He has been Chairman or member of numerous national and international scientific committees affiliated with NASA, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and the International Astronomical Union. He has been President of Cornell's Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society; Chairman of Cornell's Research Policies Committee; and a Research Professor with the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. He is a member of the International Astronomical Union, the International Union of Radio Science, the American Astronomical Society, and the Hellenic Astronomical Society. He served as a Scientific Editor of The Astrophysical Journal from 1989 to 1999.
Professor Terzian is also a dedicated teacher. In 1984, he received the Clark Distinguished Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 1996, he was appointed Director of NASA's New York Space Grant Program to enhance science education. In a lighter vein, he is famous among colleagues for his collections of student humor. One of his favorites is from a student evaluation, which expressed admiration for the professor's ability to maintain "a phony Armenian accent for the entire semester."
Terzian received his Ph.D. in astronomy from Indiana University. He has been awarded Honorary Doctor of Science degrees from Indiana University (1989), the Yerevan State University in Armenia (1994), the University of Thessaloniki in Greece (1997), and from Union College (1999). In 1990, he was elected Foreign Member of the Armenian Academy of Sciences. He is the author or co-author of more than 200 scientific publications and the editor of six books, including Carl Sagan's Universe.
Posted 02 December 2015 - 11:00 AM
ARMENIAN ASTRONOMER AWARDED NASA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
2 hours ago 01/12/15
Professor Yervant Terzian
NEW YORK--Dr. Yervant Terzian, the David C. Duncan Professor in the
Physical Sciences, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, was
awarded to NASA Lifetime Achievement Award last month. He is one of
the prominent modern astronomers, known in the fields of physics of
the interstellar medium, planetary nebulae, galaxies, radio astronomy,
He is one of the Armenian Astronomical Society Co-Presidents and the
Chairman of the Research Council of Armenian National Science and
Terzian was born on February 9, 1939, in Alexandria, Egypt. His father
was an Armenian and his mother, a Greek; hence, having Armenian-Greek
origin, Terzian is considered both as a great Armenian and Greek
astronomer. He finished the Kalousdian Armenian School in Cairo,
then studied at the American University also in Cairo, and in 1960,
he received the B.Sc. from the Physics/Mathematics Department of this
University. Then he moved to the USA and in 1963 he received his M.Sc.
and later on, in 1965, his Ph.D. degrees in Astronomy from the
The NASA Lifetime Achievement Award
Since 1965, Terzian's research and teaching is connected to the
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. In 1965-1967, he was a research
associate at the Arecibo Observatory, Puerto Rico; in 1967-1972:
Assistant Professor of Astronomy; in 1968-1974: Assistant Director of
the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research of the same University;
in 1972-1977: Associate Professor of Astronomy; in 1973-1974: Visiting
Professor of Astronomy at the University of Montreal, Canada; in 1974
(Feb-July): Visiting Professor of Astronomy at the University of
Thessaloniki, Greece; in 1974-1979: Graduate Faculty Representative,
Astronomy and Space Sciences, Cornell University; and since 1977 he
is Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University.
Prof. Terzian's scientific fields are quite broad: from planetary
nebulae (PNe) and pulsars to galaxy pairs and quasars. His studies have
been carried out mainly in radio, however many papers are devoted to
IR, optical, and UV observations as well. Among his largest studies
and most important results one would mention:
The Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF) was
established in 1999, in New York City, by a group of Armenian academic
and other intellectuals, Yervant Terzian among them. ANSEF provides
peer reviewed research awards to support scientific, technological
and scholarly research. Since the beginning, ANSEF Research Council
is chaired by Prof. Terzian. During 2001-2008, grants to about 200
projects have been awarded, USD 5000 to each. Altogether, more than
500 senior and junior scientists and scholars have benefited from
this support. In the field of astronomy and astrophysics, ANSEF has
supported 24 projects involving more than 60 scientists from BAO and
Yerevan State University.
The Armenian Astronomical Society (ArAS) also was established in 1999,
however officially registered in 2001. Since the beginning, Prof.
Terzian was one of the initiators and active members of ArAS. In
2002, during the first annual meeting, there was a decision to have
three Co-Presidents; Prof. Terzian was elected one of them and since
then is an ArAS Co-President. He strongly supports the existence and
activities of the Society and plays an important role in contacts
between astronomers living in Armenia and abroad. In 2004, Terzian
established the ArAS Annual Prize for Young Astronomers and since
then sponsors it. Fourteen young scientists have received this prize,
which we could call "Yervant Terzian prize."
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