Charles D. Dermer

Biographical Sketch

Contact Information

Dr. Charles Dermer
Code 7653, Space Science Division
U.S. Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20375-5352
Phone: (202) 767-2965
Fax: (202) 767-0497
E-mail: charles (dot) dermer (at) nrl (dot) navy (dot) mil

Present Position

Astrophysicist, Head of the Space Radiations Section,
High Energy Space Environment Branch, Space Science Division, Naval Research Laboratory

Research Areas

High Energy Astrophysics and Gamma Ray Astronomy; including Gamma-Ray Bursts, Black Holes, Blazars and Active Galactic Nuclei, Positron Astrophysics, Solar Flares Physics, Neutron Stars and Pulsars, and Starburst Galaxies and Clusters


B.Sc., 1977, Harvey Mudd College; M.A., 1979, Dartmouth College; Ph.D., 1984, UC San Diego (all degrees in physics)

Curriculum Vitae

Last updated February, 2014 CV (pdf)

Previous Positions

1991-1992 - Research Scientist, Department of Space Physics and Astronomy, Rice University
1990 - Research Physicist, Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory
1987-89 - Postdoctoral Research Physicist, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
1984-1986 - National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Postdoctoral Research Associate, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Review and Executive Committees

  • NASA Astrophysics Theory Review, 2013
  • NASA Einstein Fellowship Review, 2011
  • Affiliate Professor in the Physics and Astronomy Department, George Mason University, 2009-
  • GLAST/Fermi Full Collaboration Member, 2007-
  • NASA Senior Review, 2006
  • Advanced Compton Telescope Science Working Group, 2005
  • Division Councilor, Division of Astrophysics of the American Physical Society, 2006-2009
  • VERITAS External Oversight Committee, 2003-2009
  • NASA Structure and Evolution of the Universe Subcommittee, 2001-2004
  • Chair, Division of Astrophysics of the American Physical Society, 1999-2003
  • NASA South Carolina EPSCOR Review, 2003, 2004
  • Time Allocation Committee of the International Gamma-ray Astronomy Laboratory (INTEGRAL), 2001, 2003, 2004
  • GLAST Interdisciplinary Scientist and member of GLAST Science Working Group, 2000-2010
  • High Energy Neutrino Astrophysics Panel (HENAP) of the Particle And Nuclear Astrophysics and Gravitation International Committee (PaNAGIC) of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), 1999-2002. Report (pdf)
  • GLAST Facility Science Team, 1999
  • NASA Astrophysics Theory Program Review: 1999
  • Division of Astrophysics of the American Physical Society Centennial Exhibit , 20-26 March, 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Executive Committee Member-at-Large, Division of Astrophysics, American Physical Society, 1996-1998
  • NASA Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory Guest Investigator Program Review: 1993, 1994, 1995 (panel chair), 1998
  • Executive Committee Member, High Energy Astrophysics Division, American Astronomical Society, 1995-1997
  • NASA Astrophysics Data Program Review: 1996
  • NASA ASCA Guest Investigator Program Review: 1995
  • NASA Long Term Space Astrophysics Program Review: 1991, 1994

Visiting Lecturer

Membership on Scientific Organizing Committees

PhD Dissertation Advisory

S. J. Sturner, Ph.D., Rice University, 1993, "Magnetic Compton Scattering in Pular Magnetospheres"

H. Li, Ph.D., Rice University, 1995, "Particle Acceleration Near Astrophysical Compact Objects"


  • Co-author of a book with Professor Govind Menon (Troy University): ``High Energy Radiation from Black Holes: Gamma Rays, Cosmic Rays, and Neutrinos,'' published by Princeton University Press, December, 2009

    Proceedings of the Fourth Compton Symposium, eds. C. D. Dermer, J. D. Kurfess, and M. S. Strickman (New York: AIP), 1997.

  • Part 1: The Compton Observatory in Review
  • Part 2: Papers and Presentations

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    Chuck Dermer
    Code 7653, NRL, Washington, DC 20375-5352