David Nice

Professor and Department Head
Physics Department,
Lafayette College
Hugel Science Center 030
701 Sullivan Road
Easton, PA 18042
Email: niced@lafayette.edu
Phone: +1-610-330-5204

Office Hours:

  • Wednesday: 1:30-2:30
  • Thursday:  11:00-12:00 & 2:00-3:00
If you would like to meet at some other time, send me an E-mail or just try dropping by my office.  I am especially happy to talk to prospective Lafayette physics students.


My students and I use radio telescopes to study pulsars—rapidly rotating neutron stars— for a variety of purposes, including the detection and characterization of long-wavelength gravitational waves.  Much of this work is done as part of the NANOGrav Physics Frontiers Center.  Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation.

Here is an article about pulsar and gravitational wave research at Lafayette.
Here is another article about this work.
Here you can read about our latest research grant.

We were frequent users of the Arecibo Observatory. Unfortunately, after a series of cable failures, the observatory structure collapsed in December 2020. Despite this, pulsar research at Lafayette remains strong using other observatories, such as the Green Bank Telescope.


Personal: My wife, Marian Wentworth, is CEO of Management Sciences for Health, a global nonprofit organization that works with communities and governments to strengthen health systems serving the world’s most vulnerable populations.  We have two daughters, one working in education policy research and advocacy, the other a graduate student in math, both ballet dancers in their spare time.