Donald Kurtz

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Donald Kurtz
Alma materUniversity of Texas
Known forAsteroseismology
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cape Town, University of Central Lancashire

Donald Wayne Kurtz (1948 – ) is an astronomer known for his research into asteroseismology. He completed his PhD in astronomy at the University of Texas in 1976[1] before moving to Cape Town, where he became a professor at the University of Cape Town. After 25 years in South Africa, he moved to the United Kingdom where he now teaches at the University of Central Lancashire. Kurtz is best known for discovering oscillations in what are now known as rapidly-oscillating Ap (roAp) stars.[2] but has made many contributions to the study of oscillating stars and was President of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Variable Stars.[3] He is also well-known in his field for his public presentations and his advice to scientists on how to present their research well.[4]


  1. ^ Kurtz, D. W. (1976). Metallicism and pulsation: an analysis of the delta Delphini stars (PhD). Bibcode:1976PhDT.........5K.
  2. ^ Kurtz, D. W. (1978). "12.15 Minute Light Variations in Przybylski's Star HD 101065". Information Bulletin on Variable Stars. 1436: 1. Bibcode:1978IBVS.1436....1K.
  3. ^ Jerzykiewicz, M.; Kurtz, D. W.; Guinan, E. F. (2000), "Division V: Variable stars - Commissions 27: Variable stars. 42: Close binary stars.", Transactions of the International Astronomical Union, 24A: 251, Bibcode:2000IAUTA..24..251J
  4. ^ Kurtz, D. W. (2006), Advice on Giving a Scientific Talk, 349, p. 435, Bibcode:2006ASPC..349..435K