- Fulbright Award (1991)
Richard Durisen is a professor emeritus in the Department of Astronomy in the College of Arts and Sciences at IU. He joined IU's faculty as an assistant professor in the astronomy department in 1976 and served as chair of the department and director of graduate studies during his tenure. He retired from IU in 2010 after 34 years on faculty. His research interests include the simulations of fluid and particle system dynamics applied to star and planet formation, the structure and stability of astrophysical disks, and planetary ring systems. Durisen received his B.S. in Physics from Fordham University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from Princeton University in 1972.
Durisen served as a Fulbright Fellow at Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching, Germany from 1991 to 1992 where he lectured and conducted research on the structure, evolution, and stability of rapidly rotating astrophysical systems. In 1996, he received the Alexander von Humboldt Award from the Federal Republic of Germany for his achievements in research, one of only 200 scholars from around the world. Durisen also served as a NRC research associate at NASA-Ames Research Center and is a member of the International Astronomical Union.