Benjamin S. P. Shen

Reese W. Flower Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics
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  • Emeritus Professor since 1996 - Present
  • Reese W. Flower Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1972-96
  • Member, National Science Board, 1990-94
  • Provost (interim), 1980-81
  • Chair, Council of Graduate Deans, 1979-80
  • Chair, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, 1973-79 

Honors include:

  • Fellow, American Physical Society (1972)
  • Fellow, AAAS (1966)
  • Chevalier, Ordre des palmes académiques, France (1993)



D.Sc. (d’Etat) in Physics, University of Paris, Orsay (1964)

Research Interests: 

Astrophysics; Experimental cosmic-ray physics; Spallation reactions induced by cosmic rays; Exploding compact galaxies and quasars; Radiation shielding in astronautics.

Selected Publications: 
  • High-Energy Nuclear Reactions in Astrophysics (W.A. Benjamin, 1967)
  • Spallation Nuclear Reactions and Their Applications (with M. Merker) (Reidel, 1976)