Adam Burrows is a Full Professor in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. He received his undergraduate degree from the Princeton Physics department and his Ph.D. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the National Research Council Board on Physics and Astronomy (BPA), the BPA Liaison to the U.S. Decadal Survey Committee, a member of the AURA board, and on the Board of Trustees of the Aspen Center for Physics. In the past, he served as the Chair of the Advisory Board of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Phtysics (KITP) (2006-2007), as the co-Chair of the NASA Universe Subscommittee (2004-2005), as the Chair of the NASA Origins Subcommittee (2004-2005), and as the Chair of the Theoretical Astrophysics Program of the University of Arizona (1992-2000), where he was a professor until January 2008.
Adam Burrows works on a broad variety of stellar astrophysics problems and puzzles. His primary current research interests are: 1) the theory of supernova explosions, with a particular focus on the mechanism of explosion and multi-dimensional radiation/hydrodynamic simulations of collapse dynamics; 2) the theory of the atmospheres, spectra, structure, and evolution of extrasolar giant planets (and of exoplanets in general), and its comparison with data; 3) the theory of brown dwarfs in all their particulars; and 4) high-energy astrophysics, with an emphasis on gravitational wave physics, neutrino astrophysics, and gamma-ray line astronomy. Tools and methodologies developed in support of these studies include numerical hydrodynamics, radiative transfer, nuclear and particle physics, chemistry, molecular spectroscopy, equations of state of exotic matter, and magnetohydrodynamics.