A Brief History of Chemistry in the Cosmos

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Dr. Daniel Wolf Savin, Columbia University

Come travel down the cosmic chemical pathway from the Big Bang to the formation of stars and to life as we know it. Our chemical studies have advanced understanding how the first stars formed and how the raw materials needed for life were first synthesized. Join me as I hop, skip, and jump my way across cosmic time and explain key chemical processes along the way.


Daniel Wolf Savin received his B.A. from Columbia University. He earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University, working at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He was a postdoctoral research physicist in the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley. From there he moved to the Astrophysics Laboratory at Columbia University, where he is now a senior research scientist. His research career began in the area of atomic laboratory astrophysics but has since expanded to include molecular laboratory astrophysics and solar physics. Dr. Savin has authored or co-authored over 150 publications and is a Fellow of the American Physical Society.