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April 2nd, 2012

Come hear the ancient professor!

When I was a post-doc at the Center for Astrophysics, 34 years ago, I taught one graduate level class, to about five students, in Harvard's astronomy department and as a result had the official title of lecturer for one semester. Likewise, in my second postdoc at MIT, I taught a general astronomy class that no one else wanted to teach, and again got the title lecturer. Never mind that postdocs are like marriages, more is not necessarily better... and that being a lecturer is the lowest of the low when it comes to academic ranks, in the US. I did indeed teach at both of these schools.

In a couple of weeks I will be giving a lecture at a Francophone university in Switzerland. (My lecture will be in English). The announcement on their web page reads "astronome à l'Observatoire du Vatican. Ancien professeur à la Harvard University et au Massachusets Institute of Technology." (Yes, that's how they spelled Massachusetts.)

I like the sound of "ancient professor" -- it invests my turning 60 this year, and my graying beard, with a certain dignity. I suspect that's not what the French actually means, however...

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