Emily Levesque is an American astronomer an Assistant Professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington. She is renowned for her work on massive stars and using these stars to investigate galaxy formation. In 2014, she received the Annie Jump Cannon award for her innovative work on gamma ray bursts.
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Levesque grew up in Taunton, Massachusetts. She received her undergraduate degree in physics at MIT, followed by a PhD in astronomy at the University of Hawaii in 2010. She had an Einstein Fellowship from 2010-2013 followed by a Hubble Fellowship from 2013-2015, both at the University of Colorado.
Levesque uses both observations and modeling in her work. In the ultraviolet portion of the spectrum, she uses the Hubble Space Telescope to obtain spectra of star-forming galaxies. In the optical, she uses the Gemini and Keck observatories on Mauna Kea and the Las Campanas Observatories in Chile to study red supergiants in the Milky Way and in the Magellanic Clouds. She has discovered many new red supergiants, as well as the first candidate for a Thorne-Zytkow object.