Adrian Price-Whelan


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I am currently an Associate Research Scientist and leader of the Galactic Dynamics group at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (CCA) at the Flatiron Institute in New York City.

I am also the Assistant Director of Scientific Software at the Simons Foundation.

I received my PhD in 2016 with advisor Kathryn V. Johnston in the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University. I was then a Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. I was a Flatiron Research Fellow at the CCA from 2019 to 2021.


I am a member of the Astropy Coordination Committee, a core contributor to Astropy, and a maintainer of the astropy.coordinates and astropy.units subpackages.

Some other, more specialized Python packages I have written:

  • Gala: For Galactic and gravitational dynamics.
  • pyia: For working with data from the Gaia Mission.
  • schwimmbad: Provides a uniform interface to parallel processing pools and enables switching easily between local development (e.g., with multiprocessing) and deployment on a cluster or supercomputer (via, e.g., MPI or JobLib).
  • The Joker: A custom Monte Carlo sampler for the two-body problem.

All of my other projects and code is available in various repositories on my GitHub profile @adrn.