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Dr David Merritt

Physics and Astronomy

Rochester Institute of Technology



David Merritt received his PhD in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of California, Berkeley and at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics before joining the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004. His fields of interest include galaxy dynamics and evolution, supermassive black holes, and computational astrophysics.

David Merritt is a former Chair of the Division on Dynamical Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society and a founding member of the Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation at RIT. His scientific contributions include Osipkov-Merritt models, the Leonard-Merritt mass estimator, the M-sigma relation, and the “Schwarzschild barrier”. He is co-author of the most highly cited paper ever published by The Astrophysical Journal Letters.