E. Sterl Phinney



  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe


  • California Institute of Technology
Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy


  • United States


PhD (Theoretical Astrophysics), Cambridge University
BS (Astronomy), California Institute of Technology


Sterl Phinney is a theoretical astrophysicist.

His current research interests include astrophysical sources of gravitational radiation, gravitational wave detection from space and its future, pulsar physics, physics around black holes, and interactions of binary white dwarfs and neutron stars.


Radboud Excellence Initiative Professor, 2015–16

Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1996

Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society, 1995

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship, 1990

Presidential Young Investigator, 1985

Relevant Publications

Kotera, K. et al. "Signatures of pulsars in the light curves of newly formed supernova remnants." MNRAS 432 (July 2013): 3228–3236.

Milosavljevic, M., and E.S. Phinney. "The Afterglow of Massive Black Hole Coalescence." Astrophys. J. Lett. 622 (2005): L93–L96.

Phinney, E.S. "Pulsars as Probes of Newtonian Dynamics." Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. Lond. A 341 (1992): 39–71.

Phinney, E.S. "The Rate of Neutron Star Binary Mergers in the Universe." Astrophys. J. Lett. 380 (1991): L17–L21.

Rees, M.J. et al. "Ion-supported tori and the origin of radio jets." Nature 295 (January 1982): 17–21.