Matt O'Dowd (astrophysicist)

Matthew John O'Dowd is an Australian astrophysicist. He is an associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the Lehman College of the City University of New York[1][2] and writer and host of PBS Space Time on YouTube.[3] He is a frequent guest on Science Goes to the Movies on CUNY TV and on StarTalk radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson.[4]

Matt O'Dowd
Born (1973-01-05) January 5, 1973 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne (BSc, PhD)



O’Dowd attended The University of Melbourne, beginning his Bachelor's in Science in 1992 and concluding in 1994 with a major in physics. In 1995, he completed his First Class Honours in Physics. In 2003, he completed his Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics with his thesis, titled: ‘The Host Galaxies of Radio-loud AGN’.[5]


O'Dowd is an associate professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department at the City University of New York.[1] He is a staff scientist at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2015, he has been the writer and host of PBS Space Time, a video series by PBS Digital Studios. O'Dowd is a crew member of Black Rock Observatory, a mobile observatory that debuted at Burning Man in 2012.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Lehman Professor Takes Off as New Host of PBS Digital Astronomy Series – CUNY Newswire". Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Department of Physics and Astronomy - Lehman College". Retrieved 8 July 2019.
  3. ^ "PBS Space Time". YouTube. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Cosmic Queries: A Taste of Space, with Matt O'Dowd - StarTalk Radio". StarTalk Radio Show by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Curriculum Vitae". Yumpu. Retrieved 3 May 2021.
  6. ^ "Black Rock Observatory". Black Rock Observatory. Retrieved 25 March 2018.

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