Welcome to the website of

Dr. Brian C. Thomas


Department of Physics & Astronomy

Washburn University

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. (From The Confucian Analects, c. 500 B.C.)

I declare this world is so beautiful I can hardly believe it exists. (From the Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Office Location: Stoffer Science Hall, Room 210B
Phone: 785-670-2144

Email: brian.thomas @ washburn.edu

Mailing Address:
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Washburn University
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Visit my profiles on ORCID and ResearchGate.

I lead the Washburn Astrobiophysics research group, which includes faculty and students here at Washburn. Broadly speaking, we study effects on the Earth's atmosphere and biosphere by astrophysical sources of radiation. We collaborate closely with the KU Astrobiophysics Working Group.

I am principal investigator on a 3-year, $500,000 grant entitled "Terrestrial Impact of Nearby Supernovae" which was recently awarded to WU in collaboration with the University of Kansas and MidAmerica Nazarene University. The following articles discuss the project:

A list of other press on my published research can be found here.

Download my CV (in PDF format - get the viewer if you don't have one... or just use a Mac already!)

Check out my publications (in pre-print form) on the arXiv, my ORCID profile and my profile on Google Scholar

Download my Dissertation - "Terrestrial Ozone Depletion Due to a Milky Way Gamma-Ray Burst"
(also PDF -- warning: this is a large file ~ 4MB... what do you expect for the result of 3 years of my life!)

Interested in what some of my past students have to say about me and my teaching? Check RateMyProfessor.com

Want to know more about me? Start here:

Please note: any information from here on out is subject to the following disclaimer:
"The views and opinions expressed in this page are strictly those of the author. The contents of this page have not been reviewed or approved by Washburn University."
So don't gripe to WU if you don't like my opinion on boiled sausages...

Physics and Astronomy Links

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Some General Links

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This page was last updated on 1/20/17 by Brian Thomas brian.thomas@washburn.edu

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