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Astronomy Career age limit

  1. Sep 11, 2006 #1
    Hi all,

    Does anyone knows of any Astronomy graduate who earn Phd or Bsc or Msc at age between 35-45?

    Whats the oldest age ever to get Astro Phd?

    I have a Bachelor of Science in Physics ( Boston , MA) and I am 37 years of age, I have applied ( sucessful application) to do Master ( One year) and subsequently PHd in ASTROPHSYICS at University Of London, UK for a period of 3-4 years

    Is it to late to earned a Phd before 42 and apply for a job in the related area of study?

    Can anyone share any experiences?

    Thanks and Cheers
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  3. Sep 11, 2006 #2


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    Well Francis Crick got PhD at 35.

    That's the oldest notable person I know of
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #3
    No one would ever know how well YOU can perform at certain age. If you believe in yourself, that is all you need. Normal researcher can work until their 60-70s.

    the bottem line is that, age is ususally the factor of creativity and experience. I believe you would be the one who knows yourself the most.
    Choosing the right balance is your own job.

    For me, I much rather get a PhD around 30s instead of getting it in my 20s. becaz I can see through a lot more at that age. I want quality more than quantity.
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #4


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    It's never too old - as long as you can afford it :smile:

    The great thing about the UK is that it's all about research - you won't have to worry about doing courses or being tested.

    You can take the PhD in your stride and enjoy your work.

    (As long as you can afford it :wink: )
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #5

    That is only because the MS is seperated from the PhD in the UK, not the case generally in the US.
  7. Sep 14, 2006 #6

    Thanks for the replies and comments. I am taking the UK route possibly and money is not an issue,thankfully.

    Would love to hear more replies :)
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