About Dr. Charles Liu, PhD

Astrophysicist Charles Liu is an astrophysics professor at the City University of New York’s College of Staten Island and an associate with the Hayden Planetarium and Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. His research focuses on colliding galaxies, quasars, and the star formation history of the universe. He earned degrees from Harvard University and the University of Arizona, and held postdoctoral positions at Kitt Peak National Observatory and Columbia University.

Together with co-authors Robert Irion and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, he received the 2001 American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for the book One Universe: At Home in the Cosmos. He is also the author of The Handy Astronomy Answer Book, now in its third edition. Most recently, he is the author of StarTalk: everything you ever need to know about space travel, sci-fi, the human race, the universe, and beyond with Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Jeffery Lee Simons. He and his wife, who is way smarter than he is, have three children, who are also way smarter than he is.