Alberto Bolatto

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Alma materUniversidad de la República
OrganizationUniversity of Maryland, College Park

Alberto Bolatto is an astrophysicist and a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park. He studied electrical engineering and astronomy at the Universidad de la República, obtaining a Licenciado en Astronomía, doing research in cometary dynamics and gravitational microlensing. In 1993 he became a Presidential University Graduate Fellow at Boston University, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Astronomy working with James M. Jackson in Submillimetre astronomy.[1]

He completed research at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station working on the Antarctic Submillimeter Telescope and Remote Observatory (AST/RO), and later served as a Postdoctoral Scholar and then Research Astronomer at UC Berkeley, where he pursued work on constructing the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA).[2] Since 2007 he has been a Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Maryland.[3] He is an NSF CAREER Fellow[4], a Cottrell Fellow[5] and a Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, recipient of the Antarctica Service Medal, and he serves as Vice Chair (North America) of the ALMA Science Advisory Committee.[2] He is considered an expert in the study of the interstellar medium (ISM) and galactic science.

He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and lives with his family in Maryland, USA.


  1. "Exerpt on Alberto Bolatto". Boston University Astronomy. Retrieved 24 July 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "ALMA – The World's Largest Radio-telescope". Philosophical Society of Washington: Science. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  3. "Alberto Bolatto's Astronomy Department Home Page". University of Maryland Astronomy. Retrieved 23 July 2020.
  4. "Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) NSF Wide Programs". National Science Foundation.
  5. "Cottrell Fellowships". Research Corporation for Science Advancement.

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