Professor Charles D. Bailyn is the A. Bartlett Giamatti Professor of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. He is currently Head of College for Benjamin Franklin College at Yale. From 2011-2016 he served as the inaugural Dean of Faculty of Yale-NUS College in Singapore, a residential liberal arts college jointly established by Yale and the National University of Singapore.
Professor Bailyn’s research has focused on the observational study of black holes and related sources of X-rays. His work on measuring the masses of black holes was awarded the 2009 Bruno Rossi prize from the American Astronomical Society, jointly with Jeffrey McClintock of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Ronald Remillard from MIT. Professor Bailyn has carried out research with a wide variety of ground and space-based telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope and NASA’s Chandra Observatory; he is the Principal Scientist of the Small and Moderate Aperture Research Telescope System (SMARTS) which operates telescopes at the Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory in Chile.
In addition to his research work, Professor Bailyn has developed innovative teaching methods in science courses for non-scientists, and has been awarded the Dylan Hixon Prize, Yale’s highest honor for teaching excellence in the natural sciences. His course “Frontiers and Controversies in Astrophysics” was selected as one of the first courses to be put online for the public as part of Yale’s “Open Courses” initiative. His 2014 book “What Does a Black Hole Look Like?” published by Princeton University Press, introduces the empirical study of black holes at an undergraduate level.