Priya Natarajan

Priya Natarajan

Astrophysicist and Author, Yale University

A Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University, Priya Natarajan is a cosmologist who works on understanding structure formation in the universe with particular focus on the dark matter component and black holes. Her first book, Mapping the Heavens: Radical Scientific Ideas that Reveal the Cosmos, came out in April 2016, and takes the reader through the human and psychological side of understanding the cosmos.In addition to her academic position at Yale, she also currently holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship of the Dark Cosmology Center, Niels Bohr Institute, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She has been recently elected to an Honorary Professorship for life at the University of Delhi, India. She has been awarded fellowships at Guggeheim and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Priya was born in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in India to academic parents and grew up in Delhi, India. She has undergraduate degrees in Physics and Mathematics from M.I.T. and did her graduate work in theoretical astrophysics at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge in England.