Charles McGruder III



pre-doctorate education: B.S. in astronomy CalTech

doctorate: Ph.D. Astrophysics (University of Heidelberg, Germany)

current employment: Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy at WKU.

Charles McGruder, III heads a group of nine astronomers at WKU who primarily are interested in active galactic nuclei but also gamma-ray bursts and extrasolar planets. His department has been very successful in securing funding that involves undergraduates in faculty-mentored research. He is director of Team Experience in Astronomy for Minorities. Past President of the National Society of Black Physicists, 2000-2002.

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Western Kentucky University
1 Big Red Way
Bowling Green, KY 42102-3576
Phone: (270) 745-4044
FAX: (270) 745-2014

references: Fikes: From Banneker to Best: Some Stellar Careers In Astronomy and Astrophysics; Mickens, The African American Presence in Physics; McGruder's web page,

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