Gary Ferland

  • Professor
  • Physics & Astronomy
Research Interests:
Education and Employment
  • B.S. (Physics) University of Texas (1973)
  • Ph.D., University of Texas (1978)
  • Research Associate, Cambridge University (1978 - 1980)
  • Assistant, Associate Professor, University of Kentucky (1980 - 1985)
  • Associate, Full Professor, Ohio State (1985-1992)
  • Professor, University of Kentucky, (1992 - present)
Core Research Areas
  • Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Atomic & molecular physics
  • Quantitative spectroscopy, quasars, emission lines.
  • Numerical simulations of non-equilibrium plasmas
  • Origin of the chemical elements
Honors and Visiting Positions
  • 2017-2018, Visiting Research Professor, School of Mathematics and Physics, Queen’s University Belfast
  • 2016-2017 Catedratico de Excelencia Guillermo Haro,  INAOE, Tonantzintla, Puebla, Mexico
  • 2016 Festschrift UNAM Mexico City
  • 2016 Kirwan Memorial Prize, University of Kentucky
  • 2015 Visiting Astronomer, Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center CAMK, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2015 Visitor, Durham University, England
  • 2014-2015 Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2014 Netherlands Nova Lecturer
  • 1987, 1992, 2007-2008 Senior Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University
  • 2007-2008, Visiting Associate, Darwin College, Cambridge University
  • 2007 Sackler Visiting Fellow, Cambridge University
  • 2002-2005, Distinguished Visiting Fellowship, Centre for Experimental Physics, Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • 2002-2003, University Research Professor, University of Kentucky
  • 1998-1999, Visiting Professor, Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, Toronto
  • 1992-1993, Visiting Astronomer, Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatory, La Serena, Chile
  • 1990 Visiting Fellow, Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics, University of Colorado, Boulder
The Cloudy Project

I began developing Cloudy at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge, in August 1978.  It is named after the famed East Anglian weather.  Some links:

  • Information about Cloudy
  •, the project website, where you can download the source, data, and documentation
  • Cloudy Workshops, where participants can learn about spectroscopy and Cloudy.  The workshop began a world tour in Lexington in 2012, visited Belfast (NI), Durham (UK), Leiden (Netherlands), Warsaw )Poland), Pune (India), Shangdong (China), and ended in July of 2017 in Tonantzintla (Mexico).  A world tour map is here.
Selected Publications: 
  • Author or co-author of well over 600 publications.
  • The NASA Astrophysics Data System list of publications is here, and a list sorted by citations is here.
  • The Google Scholar list of publications and citations.
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