Alumni (Fellow)

Patrick King

C. Mark Pirrung Family Jefferson Fellow
Warrenton, Virginia
B.S. College of William and Mary (2013)
M.S. University of Virginia (2015)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Patrick King is a Ph.D. candidate in the U.Va. Department of Astronomy where, through his research, he develops physical models of astrophysical objects and phenomena using both analytic and computational theory. He works closely with his advisor, Professor Zhi-Yun Li, on topics in star formation theory and stellar astrophysics. Patrick collaborates with scientists at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, the Virginia Institute for Theoretical Astronomy, and am a member of the BLAST-Pol collaboration. He also works with scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on planetary defense, specifically on mitigating threats posed by asteroids and comets. Patrick graduated summa cum laude from the College of William and Mary in 2013, majoring in both physics and mathematics, and received his M.S. in astronomy from U.Va. in 2015.

Thesis Description:

Gas Dynamics Near and Far: Observational Magnetohydrodynamics in Interstellar Clouds and X-Ray Ablation of Asteroids for Earth’s Defense

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