The Bruce Medalists


  Portrait Photo courtesy University of California, Santa Cruz.
Douglas Nelson Chao Lin
7 May 1949 2015 Bruce Medalist

Doug Lin was born in New York City but raised in Beijing. He earned his B.S. at McGill University and his Ph.D. in 1976 at the University of Cambridge, where he was a student of Brandon Carter. After postdoctoral positions at Cambridge and Harvard he joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1979. From 2007 to 2011 he also served as the founding director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics at Peking University in Beijing. He is a theoretical astrophysicist who has worked with a number of colleagues to make major contributions to several fields. He has worked on the structure, dynamics and formation of galaxies, yielding such information as the masses and dark matter contents of our Galaxy, the Magellanic Clouds, and others. He has modeled the structure and evolution of globular clusters and their interactions with the Galaxy. He was the first to construct accretion disk models for the formation, structure, and evolution of stars and their planets. His most-cited work involves detailed models of the formation of solar and extrasolar planets, including how and where they form and how they migrate to locations closer to their parent stars. He has made models to explain the observations of “hot Jupiters” and of planets with highly eccentric orbits and of planets not bound to stars. His work on our solar system has accounted for the structure of Saturn’s rings, tides inside the giant planets, the evolution of the jovian system, and the structure of the astroid belt. He has also worked on accretion disks around the central black holes in galaxies.

Personal Web Page
at the University of California, Santa Cruz

Presentation of Bruce medal
See the ASP website.

Other awards
American Astronomical Society, Warner prize, 1977.
American Astronomical Society Division on Dynamical Astronomy, Dirk Brouwer Award, 2014.

Biographical materials
University of California, Santa Cruz press release on the Bruce Medal

At the chalkboard, courtesy Prof. Lin
In Beijing, 2007, courtesy Prof. Lin

Named after him
Minor Planet #25133 Douglin

More references

The Bruce Medalists

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