Priyamvada Natarajan

Priyamvada Natarajan is Professor in the Departments of Astronomy and Physics at Yale University. A theoretical astrophysicist, Natarajan researches gravitational lensing and black holes. Her work involves mapping the distribution of dark matter in the universe, observing how light bends around unseen objects while en‑route to Earth from distant galaxies. In addition to her academic position at Yale, she currently holds the Sophie and Tycho Brahe Professorship of the Dark Cosmology Centre, Niels Bohr Institute, at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is the recipient of many awards and honors including, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Fellowship, and a fellowship at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center. She is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the Royal Astronomical Society, and the Explorers Club. On the Advisory Board of NOVA ScienceNow, Natarajan is actively engaged in public outreach and in developing strategies to enhance numerical and scientific literacy. In addition to publishing in scientific journals such as Science and Nature, she has written for The Hindustan TimesThe Huffington Post, The Washington Post, and Discover Magazine, and her work has been featured in publications including Science NewsNew ScientistSky and Telescope, and The New York Review of Books.