Emeriti Faculty

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Marc Davis

Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, Physics

605S Campbell Hall






Specialty areas

Cosmology,Evolution of Galaxies,Large-scale structure.

Research Interests

My field is the study of large-scale structure.  In the past this has taken the form of large redshift surveys combined with careful analysis of nbody simulations.  We have used the Keck telescope to obtain the world's largest sample of galaxies at redshift one, which is extremely useful for study of the evolution of galaxies and the evolution of large-scale structure.


Marc Davis received his SB degree from MIT and his PhD in physics from Princeton.  He continued at Princeton as a postdoctoral fellow and then went to Harvard as an assistant professor of astronomy. in 1981 he joined the Astronomy and Physics departments of UC Berkeley. He has received a number of honors for his work over the years, including a Sloan Fellowship, the Pierce prize, a Miller research professor, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Heineman prize, an honorary PhD from the University of Chicago, and the Gruber prize.

The work was seriously hampered when he suffered a major stroke in June, 1993.  A detailed summary of his life from high school to the present is given HERE.