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Faculty Profile

Robert Boyle

Professor of Physics and Astronomy (1981)

Contact Information

Tome Scientific Building Room 218


Major research interests involve infrared astronomy, studies of old stellar systems, and variable stars. His teaching activities include introductory physics, introductory astronomy, theoretical physics, and a variety of other topics in physics and astrophysics.


  • B.A., Princeton University, 1971
  • M.Phil., Yale University, 1976
  • Ph.D., 1981

2021-2022 Academic Year

Fall 2021

PHYS 141 Physics for the Life Sciences
Introductory, non-calculus physics, principally for life science and pre-med students. Topics include mechanics, fluid dynamics, thermodynamics. Three one-hour lectures and one three-hour lab per week. Because of the similarity in course content, students will not receive graduation credit for both 131 and 141.

ASTR 550 Astronomy Independent Research

PHYS 550 Independent Research