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Neal J Evans II

Professor Emeritus
Department of Astronomy


Postal Address
AUSTIN, TX 78712

B.A., University of California, Berkeley (1968)
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (1973)

Research Interests

Molecular clouds; star formation; millimeter, submillimeter, and infrared astronomy.

Dr. Neal Evans earned his bachelor's degree and doctorate in physics, at the University of California, Berkeley and did a year and a half of post-doctoral work at Caltech before coming to Texas. Although initially interested in high-energy and particle physics, he shifted his focus to astrophysics and worked with a research group started at Berkeley by Nobel laureate Charles Townes. Evans joined The University of Texas faculty in 1975, where he taught for 40 years, including classes about the search for extraterrestrial life, and a seminar on the origin of the Universe and life. He was the Randall Centennial Professor of Astronomy before becoming an Emeritus Professor in Sept. 2016. Evans has led large groups in programs on both the Spitzer and Herschel space telescopes, studying the formation of stars and planet-forming disks.

Curriculum Vitae

Neal J. Evans II


A.B. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1968

Ph.D. Physics, University of California, Berkeley, California, 1973


Edward Randall, Jr. Centennial Professor, Emeritus, 2016 - present

Edward Randall, Jr. Centennial Professor, 1994 - 2016

Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Department, 1987 - 1994

Associate Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Department, 1981 - 1987

Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Department, 1976 - 1980.

Research Associate, University of Texas at Austin, Astronomy Department, 1975.

Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology, 1973 - 1975.

Research Assistant, University of California, Physics Department, 1971.


Phi Beta Kappa, 1967

Magna cum Laude with Honors in Physics, 1968

Physics Department Citation, 1968

National Science Foundation Fellow, 1968 - 1971

First Prize, Griffith Observer Essay Contest, 1974

Graduate Teaching Award, 1991

Fulbright Scholar, 2000

Fellow AAAS 2012

Oort Professor at the University of Leiden 2014

Distinguished Visiting Fellow at KASI (Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute)

Eminent Scholar, Humanitas College, Kyung Hee University, Korea


American Astronomical Society

International Union of Radio Science (URSI)

International Astronomical Union

American Association for the Advancement of Science


Referee for Observing Proposals: McDonald, NRAO, IRTF, CSO, Haystack, HST, Subaru at various times.

Referee for Proposals for Funding to NASA and NSF.

Participated in Study Groups for Defining SIRTF, LDR, Exobiology in Earth Orbit, MMA.

MMA Advisory Committee (NRAO) (1994 – 1999)(Chairman 1994 – 96)

NRAO Visiting Committee (AUI)(1994 – 1997)(Chairman 1997)

ESO Visiting Committee 2010

Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (NRC)(1998 – 2000)

Radio/Submm Panel of Astronomy and Astrophysics Survey Committee (NRC)(1999 – 2000 and 2009-2010, Chair of panel)

ALMA Scientific Advisory Committee (2000 – 2003)(Chairman 2000)

Program Advisory Committee (NRAO)(1999 – 2000, 2006 - 2009)(Chairman 1999 – 2000)

Invited Reviews at Protostars and Planets I, II, and IV, Frontiers of Stellar Evolution, IAU Symposia 87, 96, 147, 150, AAS 182 special session, 3 to 4 conferences per year since 2004, Plenary talk at AAS 224, and Keynote talks at Netherlands Astronomy Meeting and the Astronomical Society of the Republic of China

ALMA Board (2012-2017), Chair 2013-2014


Paul A. Vanden Bout

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

520 Edgemont Road

Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475


Paul F. Goldsmith

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

            California Institute of Technology

MS 183-335

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            Pasadena, CA 91109-8099

            Daniel Jaffe

            Dept. of Astronomy

            The University of Texas at Austin

            2515 Speedway, Stop C1400                       

            Austin, TX 78712