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Timmes elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Frank Timmes
December 06, 2013

Frank Timmes, a professor in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, joins an elite group of physicists, having been elected this fall as a Fellow of the American Physical Society.

Timmes is an astrophysicist interested in the universe's evolving composition and its implications for life in the universe. His current research focuses on nuclear astrophysics, especially synthesis of the periodic table. Present efforts include the physics and modeling of reactive fluid flows in stellar environments, supernovae and explosions of all sorts, cosmic chemical evolution and gamma-ray emission from radioactive isotopes. This research involves analytical models, desktop calculations, large-scale parallel computations, comparison with existing high-quality observations or experiments, and creating testable predictions.

He was elected as a fellow for “his leadership (both in computation and physics) in, and contributions to, nuclear astrophysics throughout all aspects of stellar explosions of both types of supernovae from progenitors, explosions and nucleosynthetic yield dispersal in the universe.”

Timmes joins a distinguished line of American Physical Society Fellows at Arizona State University. School of Earth and Space Exploration faculty elected as fellows also includes Regents’ Professor Sumner Starrfield.

The American Physical Society works to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings and education, outreach, advocacy and international activities. APS represents 48,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Being elected a fellow is a significant honor, as only 0.5 percent of the membership of each division can receive this distinction.

The School of Earth and Space Exploration is an academic unit in ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.