Savilian Professor of Astronomy & Head of Astrophysics
steven [dot] balbus [at] physics [dot] ox [dot] ac [dot] uk
Before coming to Oxford, Prof. Balbus had been
Professeur des Universités in the Physics Department
of the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris for nine
years. He was educated at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, where he took BS degrees in both mathematics
and physics, and the University of California at Berkeley,
where he obtained his PhD in theoretical astrophysics.
He has also held academic posts at Princeton University,
MIT, and the University of Virginia. Prof. Balbus's field of study
is astrophysical fluid dynamics, with a particular interest in the
behaviour of magnetised gases. He has made contributions to
our understanding of accretion discs, dilute gases, and the interior
of the Sun.
Prof. Balbus is a Fellow of the Royal Society and a member of the
the US National Academy of Sciences. In 2013, he shared the
Shaw Prize in Astronomy with John Hawley for his work on
accretion disc turbulence.
Prof Balbus will teach B5 General Relativity together with Prof Joanna Dunkley, during HT 2016.
Up-to-date teaching notes will be maintained and available on this page under the file GR_B5.pdf.
Last update for notes: 24/02/16.
Astrophysical fluids, especially accretion discs, X-ray plasmas and stellar interiors. I am also interested in tides and their possible role in biological evolution.