TABLE 4.1 AAS Member Affiliation by Discipline, Field, and Location (percentage) for 1989, 1997, and 2009

 

1989

1997

2009

Discipline

 

 

 

Observational radio

13.7

10.4

8.9

Observational infrared

7.6

5.7

10.3

Observational optical

36.5

34.6

44.3

Observational ultraviolet

5.0

6.5

2.6

Observational high energy

5.6

8.7

11.6

Experimental particles and fields

1.1

1.3

1.3

Laboratory astrophysics

2.2

2.2

0.1

Theory

23.8

23.9

16.7

Administration

1.7

3.5

0.4

Education and public outreach

N/A

N/A

2.5

Amateur or historian

2.6

3.0

0.5

Aeronomy

0.6

0.3

0.4

Field

 

 

 

Planetary and solar system

15.0

11.6

9.5

Solar

10.3

10.7

4.6

Stellar

29.9

25.4

23.6

Interstellar medium + galaxy

4.4

8.3

9.4

Galaxies + cluster

10.7

12.2

19.3

Active galactic nuclei

10.5

7.5

7.0

Star and planet formation

6.3

5.7

5.3

Instrumentation

5.5

8.1

10.4

Cosmology

5.8

8.7

6.8

Fundamental experimental

1.6

1.8

0.4

Location

 

 

 

Research university

47.4

47.5

44.1

College

8.4

10.1

15.1

Federally funded research and development center

9.9

11.2

11.9

Government laboratory

18.8

19.8

22.2

Private observatory

3.8

2.7

2.8

Industry

8.0

6.0

3.0

Education and public outreach

N/A

N/A

0.4

Other

3.7

2.7

0.5

NOTE: Statistics on demographics based on a sampling of approximately 20 percent of American Astronomical Society (AAS) full members in the given year. The 1989 and 1997 statistics for 714 and 599 full members, respectively, are from the NRC’s 2000 Federal Funding of Astronomical Research (FFAR) report (National Academy Press, Washington, D.C.). The counting uncertainties are approximately 1 to 2 percent. For direct comparison to the FFAR methodology, the statistics for 2009 were derived by selecting 800 full members of the AAS at random and matching their names against the FFAR literature search. Affiliation was identified either by the address provided in the AAS database or by the affiliation listed on the most recent publication. N/A, not applicable.



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement