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Prof. Richard Boyd: 40 Years’ Expertise in Astrophysics and Astrobiology

Professor Boyd’s collaborations have resulted in over 200 scientific publications with colleagues around the world.

Professor Richard Boyd served in the physics and astronomy departments at the University of Rochester and The Ohio State University.

He was also honored to conduct research and give lectures at RIKEN, the (Japanese) Laboratory of Physical and Chemical Research, and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.

From 2002-2006, Prof. Boyd served as Program Officer at the National Science Foundation.

At Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, from 2007-2010, he served as Science Director of the National Ignition Facility.

In 2012, Professor Boyd retired from LLNL to Sonoma County, California, where he continues his studies into the mysteries of the cosmos and of the people who inhabit it.

Cosmology: The Big Bang

The assertion that our Universe began in a Big Bang is based on three observations: the “Hubble” expansion…

More about improved understanding of details of the Big Bang.

Astrophysics: Stellar Nucleosynthesis

Recent efforts in this field have focused on the r-process, which synthesizes half of the nuclides heavier than iron…

What data from core-collapse supernovae suggest

Astrobiology and origin of life

Astrobiology: Creation of Amino Acids

How did the amino acids end up with such a strong preference for left-handed chirality?

Were amino acids made in outer space? More about Boyd’s theory.

Richard Boyd’s Books: Fiction and Science

Professor Boyd’s books range from a graduate level text on Nuclear Astrophysics to a novel on Artificial Intelligence. Explore his writing: