Distinguished physicist Peter Goldreich is best known for his contribution to astrophysics and planetary sciences, work for which he received the 1995 National Medal of Science. Though for most of his life, Goldreich was most interested in sports, he developed his interest in physics while earning his Bachelor’s degree in engineering at Cornell University. Goldreich is known for spending only a few years on a specific topic, and then moving onto the next. This is why he has been able to contribute to multiple confounding problems in the astrophysical world, ranging from why Saturn’s rings have sharp edges to how stars emit radiation in a coherent form. Goldreich is now working on the turbulence in magnetized fluids at the California Institute of Technology.
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