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Alexander Dalgarno

British physicist
Alexander Dalgarno

Alexander Dalgarno (born January 5, 19289 April 2015) is a British physicist, currently being the Phillips Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University. He is known as the "father of molecular astrophysics".


  • Research is a matter of overcoming obstacles. That's what research is about. There are problems. There are difficulties. It's hard to make sense of a collection of information or whatever. Obstacles are the nature of research. Maybe that's why some people give up. There's always an obstacle. You overcome one to find there's another one.
    • Interviewed by Harry Kreisler, February 28, 2003. In Conversations with History. Institute of International Studies, UC Berkeley.

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