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About John Cannon

Cannon maintains an active and cutting-edge research program. His thesis work was in extragalactic observational astronomy, with an emphasis on the panchromatic properties of starbursts in Dwarf Galaxies. His publication record since 2002 includes 43 publications in the area of Dwarf Galaxies.
After completing his doctorate, he did postdoctoral work at the Max Plank Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, and at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.
EDUCATION: B.S., University of Iowa
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Cannon has been teaching at Macalester since 2007.


Present Associate Professor and Chair, Physics and Astronomy, Macalester College


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Scientist, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 2011
  • NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship, 2001-2004


  • Modern Astronomy
  • Introductory Astronomy Lab
  • Cosmology (First Year Course)
  • Astrobiology (First Year Course)
  • Principles of Physics II
  • Astrobiology (Topics)
  • Observational Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Cosmology (Topics)

Contact Information

Olin-Rice Hall 129
Macalester College
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
651) 696-6122


Journal Articles (79)