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Dave Meyer

Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Emeritus of Physics and Astronomy


Areas of Focus

  • Interstellar medium
  • Hubble Space Telescope
  • Public science communication


  • Utilizing sensitive spectroscopic techniques to address astrophysical problems
  • Measuring weak interstellar absorption lines in the optical and ultraviolet spectra of stars


Dr. Meyer joined Northwestern as a faculty member in 1987 after carrying out his postdoctoral studies as a McCormick Fellow at the University of Chicago's Enrico Fermi Institute. His work at Northwestern involves research, teaching and administration in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). He primarily teaches freshmen seminars and introductory astronomy courses at Northwestern and has developed and recorded the video courses "Experiencing Hubble: Understanding the Greatest Images of the Universe", "A Visual Guide to the Universe" and "Experiencing Hubble: Exploring the Milky Way" through the Teaching Company. His research focuses on the application of sensitive spectroscopic techniques to astrophysical problems involving the Galactic interstellar medium. He uses the Hubble Space Telescope and ground-based observatories to measure the weak interstellar absorption lines in the optical and ultraviolet spectra of stars. Such measurements provide important information about the composition, chemistry, structure and physical conditions of intervening gas clouds in our Milky Way Galaxy.