Prof. Neal Evans earned his bachelor’s degree and doctorate in physics, at the University of California, Berkeley and did a year and a half of post-doctoral work at Caltech before coming to Texas. Although initially interested in high-energy and particle physics, he shifted his focus to astrophysics and worked with a research group started at Berkeley by Nobel laureate Charles Townes. Evans joined The University of Texas faculty in 1975, where he taught for 40 years, including classes about the search for extraterrestrial life, and a seminar on the origin of the Universe and life. He was the Randall Centennial Professor of Astronomy before becoming an Emeritus Professor in Sept. 2016. Evans has led large groups in programs on both the Spitzer and Herschel space telescopes, studying the formation of stars and planet-forming disks.