Klaus Keil

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Klaus Keil
Born (1934-11-15) 15 November 1934 (age 79)
Hamburg, Germany
Fields Meteoritics
Institutions University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
University of New Mexico Institute of Meteoritics
Notable awards Leonard Medal
J. Lawrence Smith Medal

Klaus Keil (born 15 November 1934) is a professor at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.[1] He is the former Director of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology. He is also the former director of the University of New Mexico Institute of Meteoritics. Klaus pioneered the use of the electron microprobe to study meteorite samples. He is one of the co-inventors of the Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer.[2]

In 1988, Klaus won the Leonard Medal, which is awarded by the Meteoritical Society. In 2006, he won the J. Lawrence Smith Medal, which is awarded by the National Academy of Sciences. These awards are for his pioneering quantitative studies of minerals in meteorites and important contributions to understanding the nature, origin, and evolution of their parent bodies.[3]

Asteroid 5054 Keil[4] and the mineral keilite[5] are named after Klaus.

Klaus is the father of professional tennis players Mark Keil[6] and Kathrin Keil.[7]

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