Associate Professor of Astronomy, Weis House Don, Director of Grundy Observatory



Office: HAC421 and WEI104


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Froney Crawford teaches physics and astronomy at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum as well as an energy and environment course for the non-scientist. His research interests are mainly in the field of radio pulsars, with an emphasis on surveys and searches for pulsars and on trying to understand the physical characteristics and observational manifestations of these objects. Other research interests include radio transients, burst sources, and other time-variable radio phenomena in the universe. He has also conducted radio cosmology studies, several theoretical investigations, and modeling work on visible/infrared remote sensing systems (while employed at Lockheed Martin Corporation). He has worked with undergraduate physics and astrophysics students on a variety of research projects, some of which have been published in journals or conference proceedings. He also has observed with student colleagues at various telescope facilities, including the Parkes radio telescope, the Arecibo radio telescope, and the National Undergraduate Research Observatory. At F&M, he manages the Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC) program, where each semester students participate in conducting observations with the largest telescope in the world and then search the data collected for pulsars. 

Apart from research, teaching, and service internal to Franklin and Marshall, he has served both as an independent technical consultant on an internal R&D initiative for Raytheon Corporation and as a strategy consultant for an investment firm specializing in quantitative market-neutral strategies. He was named the Most Influential Professor in the Natural Sciences by the Franklin and Marshall Class of 2009. He has served as a reviewer for the Astrophysical Journal, the American Journal of Physics, Physical Review Letters, the National Science Foundation, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the NASA Postdoctoral Program, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, and for several publishers of textbooks in physics and astronomy.

In 2016 he assumed the role of Faculty Don of Weis College House, and in 2017 he became director of the Grundy Observatory at F&M.

2017 - present: Director of Grundy Observatory, Franklin and Marshall College
2016 - present: Faculty Don of Weis College House, Franklin and Marshall College
2011 - present: Associate Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
2006 - 2011: Assistant Professor, Franklin and Marshall College
2002 - 2006: Visiting Assistant Professor, Haverford College
2000 - 2002: Senior Systems Engineer, Lockheed Martin Corporation
1994 - 2000: Graduate Research Assistant, MIT


Ph.D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2000)
B.A. in Astrophysics, Williams College (1994)


Pulsar astronomy (mostly)

Arecibo Remote Command Center (ARCC)

Grants & Awards

Named Most Influential Professor in the Natural Sciences by the Franklin & Marshall Class of 2009.

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Student Collaborations

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