Jim Lattimer have been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor by the SUNY Board of Trustees. He is
among 16 total SUNY faculty who were appointed to distinguished ranks this time.
The Distinguished Professorship is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation
within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance
or achievement in the case of the arts. The candidates’ work must be of such character that the individuals’ presence will tend to elevate the
standards of scholarship of colleagues both within and beyond these persons’ academic fields.
All distinguished faculty are also members of the SUNY Distinguished Academy, established in March 2012.
Jim is an internationally recognized expert in the properties of hot dense matter that is found in neutron stars and other astronomical objects.
His research spans the fields of nuclear physics and astrophysics, and he has significantly contributed to both. Perhaps his most important work
is the development of models for the properties of dense nuclear matter. His models have been widely accepted and used by researchers in the
astrophysical community, leading to the solution of a host of astrophysical problems. Most recently, he and his former students discovered
superfluidity in a neutron star.
Jim received his Ph.D. in 1976 from the University of Texas at Austin. He was Research Associate at the University of Chicago and the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign before coming to Stony Brook in 1979. He is the recipient of the Benfield Fellowship, the Sloan Foundation Fellowship, the
Ernest F. Fullam Award, the Guggenheim Fellowship and most recently the Yukawa Professorship. He is Fellow of the American Physical Society.