Douglas C. B. Whittet

Professor Emeritus, Department of Physics, Applied Physics & Astronomy, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, New York 12180


Professional Career

Visiting Positions

Professional Affiliations

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Director, New York Center for Astrobiology (2008/15)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Astrobiology Institute (2008/15)
  • Council of Institutions representative, Universities Space Research Association (2008/16)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Exobiology & Evolutionary Biology research programs (1998/2016)
  • Principal Investigator, Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy funded observational research program (2012/15)
  • Principal Investigator, Spitzer Space Telescope funded observational and archival research programs (2004/11)
  • Co-organizer, NASA Astrobiology Institute “Workshop Without Walls: The Organic Continuum from the Interstellar Medium to the Early Solar System” (2010)
  • Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, Symposium “Astronomical Polarimetry 2008” (2006/08)
  • Member, Scientific Organizing Committee, Symposium “The Astrophysics of Dust” (2002/03)
  • Rensselaer Alumni Association Teacher of the Year award winner (2002)
  • Associate Director, New York Center for Studies of the Origins of Life (1998/2006)
  • Member of Editorial Board, Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere (1997/2014)
  • Guest Investigator, European Space Agency, Infrared Space Observatory Guaranteed Time (1990/97)
  • Principal Investigator, NASA Long-Term Space Astrophysics Program (1992/97)
  • Chair, Scientific Organizing Committee, Symposium “Polarimetry of the Interstellar Medium” (1995)