Konstantin Batygin

Konstantin Batygin

Konstantin Batygin is an assistant professor of Planetary Science and a Van Nuys Page Scholar in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at California Institute of Technology. His research interests primary lie in the field of planetary astrophysics. Konstantin is fascinated by a wide range of problems related to the formation and evolution of the solar system and dynamical evolution of exoplanets, as well as physical processes that occur in planetary interiors and atmospheres.

Forbes named Batygin the “next physics rock star” in its 2015 list of “30 Under 30: Young Scientists Who Are Changing the World.” To date, Batygin has authored over fifty scientific publications, and his research has been featured on the pages of Nature as well as the front cover of Scientific American. Prior to joining the faculty at California Institute of Technology in 2014, Batygin was a visiting scientist at Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur in Nice, France, and a prize postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University. When not doing science, he moonlights as the lead singer in the rock band, The Seventh Season.