Patrick King

C. Mark Pirrung Family Jefferson Fellow
Class: 2018
Hometown: Warrenton, Virginia
B.S. College of William and Mary (2013)
M.S. University of Virginia (2015)

Patrick is starting his fourth year as a fellow in the Astronomy Ph.D. Program. He will be at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts during the next academic year as a predoctoral fellow. Patrick graduated summa cum laude from the College of William & Mary in 2013, completing a double major in Physics and Mathematics. Patrick was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honor society for his academic achievements. Patrick’s dissertation research is focused on the theory of star formation. He uses advanced high-performance computing to conduct numerical simulations of star forming regions and dense cores. Patrick is returning to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the summer of 2016 to continue his work on planetary defense and impact avoidance. Patrick is interested in magnetohydrodynamics, plasma physics, turbulence, radiation transport, and gravitation, especially in astrophysical contexts.

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