Malik Walker, Physics and Astronomy

Malik Walker

Malik Walker is a 2020 Boggs Fellow in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics & Astronomy, with a degree from Princeton University. He majored in astrophysics, while also receiving a Chinese language and culture certificate.

My main inspiration for choosing this field of study was the love for space that I found at a young age growing up in the Bronx, through many trips to science museums and planetariums. In college, I found myself drawn to the subfield of high energy and plasma astrophysics, especially the study of binary black hole and neutron star systems, which are known sources gravitational waves.

This is what ultimately drew me to apply to Hopkins. The Physics and Astronomy department here has a number of faculty who are interested in studying these systems, and as I have gotten to know some of the people in the department, I am certain that I made the right decision in coming here. With my research, my main goal is to further our understanding of plasma processes in space, with my loftier goal being to solve the final parsec problem (which is one of the major unsolved mysteries in astronomy).

In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, and (more recently) baking. I’ve also taken on the challenge of trying to learn how to play the bass guitar, which is something that I’ve always wanted to do, although how far I get with that remains to be seen.