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Robert P. Kraft

AKA Robert Paul Kraft

Born: 16-Jun-1927
Birthplace: Seattle, WA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Astronomer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Lick Observatory

Astronomer Robert P. Kraft's research established that dwarf novae and ordinary novae are close binary stars, and go nova as the more evolved star in the pair (usually a white dwarf) absorbs hydrogen and helium from its less evolved companion. He studied under George Herbig and Otto Wilhelm Struve, and has also conducted respected research into the chemical composition of stars in the galactic halo and globular clusters.

    University: BS Mathematics, University of Washington (1947)
    University: MS Mathematics, University of Washington (1949)
    Teacher: Mathematics, Whittier College (1949-51)
    University: PhD Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley (1955)
    Scholar: Mt. Wilson Observatory
    Teacher: Astronomy, Indiana University (1958-59)
    Scholar: Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago
    Scholar: Mt. Wilson & Palomar Observatories
    Professor: Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California at Santa Cruz (1967-91)
    Administrator: Acting Director of Lick Observatory, University of California at Santa Cruz (1967-74)
    Administrator: Director of Lick Observatory, University of California at Santa Cruz (1981-91)
    Administrator: Director of All Observatories, University of California (1988-91)

    Bruce Medal 2005
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Astronomical Society President (1974-76)
    International Astronomical Union President (1997-2000)
    National Academy of Sciences
    Asteroid Namesake 3712 Kraft


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