About the Author Dimitri Mihalas

A Primer on Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Dimitri Mihalas is a highly accomplished astronomer who suffered from Bipolar Disorder for many years. His experiences led him to write The Manic Depression Primer, a guide to recovering from bipolar disorder.Dimitri Mihalas was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1939. He majored in astronomy, mathematics, and physics at UCLA, receiving his B. A. with highest honors in 1959. He received his Ph.D. in astronomy and physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1963.

He first attended Quaker Meeting in Boulder, Colorado in 1974. By 1976 he became a convinced Friend, and joined the Boulder Monthly Meeting, which is still his home meeting despite the fact that he now lives in northern New Mexico.

He has taught and done research at Princeton University, the University of Chicago, the University of Colorado, and the University of Illinois, where he was the George C. McVittie Professor of Astronomy for 13 years. He worked for many years as a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, and was an Astronomer at the National Solar Observatory at Sacramento Peak, New Mexico. Currently he is a physicist with the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

He is the author or coauthor of over 150 technical papers, 7 books on physics and astrophysics, coeditor of 4 volumes on astrophysics, and 7 chapbooks of poetry. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society (a recipient of the Helen B. Warner Prize, and currently serving on the Council) and the International Astronomical Union (formerly President of Commission 36, ``Theory of Stellar Atmospheres"). He was elected to the U. S. National Academy of Sciences in 1981, and belongs to the sections on Astronomy and Physics.

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