John Wise

CRA Director and Professor of Physicsjwise-headshot

  • Ph.D. in Physics, Stanford University (2007)
  • B.S. in Physics, Georgia Institute of Technology (2001)

(2-page CV – PDF, last updated November 2020)


  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Intro Physics II (PHYS 2212): Fall 2022, Fall 2020, Fall 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2011
  • Honors Physics II (PHYS 2232): Fall 2018, Fall 2017, Fall 2016
  • Computational Physics (PHYS 3266): Spring 2022, Spring 2021, Spring 2017
  • Fundamentals of Astrophysics (PHYS 4347): Spring 2016, Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Fall 2012
  • Computational Physics (PHYS 6260): Spring 2024, Spring 2023, Spring 2022, Spring 2021
  • Cosmology & Galaxy Formation (PHYS 7127): Fall 2023, Fall 2021, Fall 2019, Fall 2017, Fall 2015, Fall 2013

Brief Bio

Professor John Wise uses numerical simulations to study the formation and evolution of galaxies and their black holes. He is one of the lead developers of the community-driven, open-source astrophysics code Enzo and has vast experience running state-of-the-art simulations on the world’s largest supercomputers. He received his B.S. in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001. He then studied at Stanford University, where he received his Ph.D. in Physics in 2007. He went on to work at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center just outside of Washington, DC as a NASA Postdoctoral Fellow. Then in 2009, he was awarded the prestigious Hubble Fellowship which he took to Princeton University before arriving at Georgia Tech in 2011, coming back home after ten years roaming the nation.  Professor Wise obtained tenure in 2016 and was promoted to Full Professor in 2021.  He was appointed the Director of the Center for Relativistic Astrophysics in 2022, where he leads the 11 astrophysics faculty in the School of Physics, 12 PhD researchers, and approximately 40 graduate students.

Recent Publications (updated June 2020)
(Publication list from NASA ADSarXiv, and Google Scholar)
  1. Narayanan, D., Turk, M. J., Robitaille, T., Kelly, A. J., McClellan, B. C., Sharma, R., Garg, P., Abruzzo, M., Choi, E., Conroy, C., Johnson, B., Kimock, B., Li, Q., Lovell, C. C., Lower, S., Privon, G. C., Roberts, J., Sethuram, S., Snyder, G. F., Thompson, R., Wise, J. H. “Powderday: Dust radiative transfer for galaxy simulations”, Astrophysical Journal, submitted June 2020 (arXiv)
  2. Park, K., Wise, J. H., Bogdanovic, T., Ricotti, M. “Biconical gas fueling onto seed black holes in hyper-accretion regime”, Astrophysical Journal, submitted June 2020 (arXiv)
  3. Regan, J. A., Haiman, Z., Wise, J. H., O’Shea, B. W., Norman, M. L. “Massive star formation in metal-enriched haloes at high redshift”, Open Journal of Astrophysics, submitted June 2020
  4. Skinner, D., Wise, J. H. 2020, “Cradles of the first stars: self-shielding, halo masses, and multiplicity” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 492, 4386 (arXiv)
  5. Aykutalp, A., Barrow, K. S. S., Wise, J. H., Johnson, J. L. 2020, “Induced metal-free star formation around a massive black hole seed”, Astrophysical Journal Letters, submitted October 2019 (arXiv)

Contact Info

  • email: jwise // at //
  • phone: 404/894-5208
  • fax: 404/894-9958
  • office: 1-90D Boggs
  • address: School of Physics, 837 State Street, Atlanta, GA 30332-0430