Anthony Mezzacappa, Class of 1976

Dr. Anthony Mezzacappa is Distinguished R & D Staff Member and Group Leader for Theoretical Astrophysics, the Physics Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Tennessee.

He completed his B.S. degree in physics at M.I.T. in 1980 and his Ph.D. in physics at the Center for Relativity at the University of Texas at Austin in 1988.  He has worked in the areas of astrophysics and cosmology and specializes in the theory of supernovae.

Dr. Mezzacappa held post-doctoral appointments at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a research faculty position at the University of Tennessee prior to joining the Laboratory staff.

In 1999, Dr. Mezzacappa received a DOE Young Scientist Award from Secretary of Energy Richardson and a Presidential Early Career Award from President Clinton for his supernova work.  In 2004, he was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in recognition of his supernova work and his role in the development of computational science in the U.S.  He is the author of more than seventy published articles and has given nearly one hundred invited talks around the world.  He is also the Principal Investigator of the Department of Energy’s TeraScale Supernova Initiative, an international initiative involving nearly four dozen researchers from a dozen institutions in the U.S. and Europe.

Dr. Mezzacappa lives in Knoxville with his wife, Mary Ellen Johansen, and his three children, Hannah, Noah, and Isabel.