William is an graduate astronomer and text-adventure author. They are currently attending Johns Hopkins University (Piscataway land), studying in the Physics and Astronomy Department in order to earn a PhD in Astronomy. They conduct research at the Space Telescope Science Institute, and with collaborators across the globe, in order to understand the process of planet and star formation and the evolution and composition of giant planets, brown dwarfs, and very low mass stars. They graduated from Amherst College (Nonotuck land) in May 2021 with a Bachelors of Arts in Astronomy and Physics, receiving a departmental recommendation for summa cum laude honors based on their thesis research. You can find their CV online at wbalmer.github.io.

Outside their astrophysics career, they co-directed a theatre production of LOL: A Modern Computer Farce at the Shoebox Theater in their hometown Portland, OR (Multnomah/Clackamas land) where they worked for a garden and landscaping company before attending college. They enjoy astrophotography, when they have access to a telescope they can hijack. They’ve written three self-published games, and have other creative writing projects in the works.

You can contact William via email: wobalmer at gmail dot com (or) wbalmer1 at jhu dot edu

Last updated: 6/3/2021

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