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About Christian Ott

A tenured professor of theoretical astrophysics, Christian David Ott teaches in the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology. In this capacity, Christian D. Ott advises graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, and he performs research on a wide range of topics, from core-collapse supernova theory to high-performance scientific computing.

Christian Ott has published 77 peer-reviewed articles in such outlets as Nature, The Astrophysical Journal, the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, and Computational Astrophysics and Cosmology. Most recently, he presented a paper titled Simulation and Modeling of Gravitational Wave Sources at the Instituto de Cosmologia y Fisica de las Americas (COFI) in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

In preparation for his career, Christian Ott earned a diploma with concentrations in physics and astronomy from Heidelberg University in Germany. He later completed a doctoral degree in theoretical astrophysics at the University of Potsdam under the mentorship of Professors Bernard Schutz and Ed Seidel. In 2007, he received the Young Scientist Prize of the City of Potsdam. He won an Otto Hahn Medal in the same year.

Work experience

Sep 2008Jan 2014

Assistant Professor

California Institute of Technology
Sep 2009


California Institute of Technology


Sep 2003Mar 2007

Dr. rer. nat.

Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics -- Albert Einstein Institute
Oct 1998Aug 2003