Jacob Bean

Assistant Professor
Department of Geophysical Sciences and the College

Jacob Bean’s current research focuses on the study of extrasolar planetary systems. He uses a variety of ground- and space-based facilities to detect and characterize planets around nearby stars. His particular interests are in studying planets around low-mass stars and in probing the atmospheres of the smallest known exoplanets.

He has been first author of a number of publications, including “A Ground-Based Transmission Spectrum of the Super-Earth Planet GJ1214b,” “The Proposed Giant Planet Orbiting VB10 Does Not Exist,” and “High-Precision Near-Infrared Radial Velocities with an Ammonia Gas Cell.” He was a Sagan Fellow at Harvard University from 2010 to 2011 and a Marie Curie International Fellow at the University of Goettingen, Germany, from 2007 to 2010.

Bean received his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, with a dissertation titled “M Dwarf Metallicities and Exoplanets.” He received his BS in physics (highest honors) from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2002.

Bean joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.

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