WASHINGTON — Prof. Yervant Terzian, the David C. Duncan Professor in the Physical Sciences, Department of Astronomy, Cornell University, was awarded to NASA Lifetime Achievement Award in October, according to “168hours.”
He is one of the preeminent modern astronomers, known in the fields of physics of the interstellar medium, planetary nebulae, galaxies, radio astronomy, and others. He is the chairman of the Research Council of Armenian National Science and Education Fund (ANSEF).
Terzian was born in Alexandria, Egypt to an Armenian father and Greek mother. He finished the Kalousdian Armenian School in Cairo, then studied at the American University also in Cairo, and in 1960, he received the B.Sc. from the Physics/Mathematics Department of this University. Then he moved to the USA and in 1963 he received his M.Sc. and later on, in 1965, his Ph.D. degrees in Astronomy from the Indiana University.
Since 1965, Terzian’s research and teaching has been connected to the Cornell University, in Ithaca, NY.