Ed Krupp

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Edwin C. Krupp
Born (1944-11-18) November 18, 1944 (age 72)
Nationality American
Fields Astronomy, Archaeoastronomy
Institutions Griffith Observatory
Alma mater Pomona College
(Bsc), University of California, Los Angeles
(Msc), (PhD)
Doctoral advisor George Abell
Notable awards Klumpke-Roberts Award (1989)
Andrew Gemant Award (2013)

Edwin C. Krupp (born November 18, 1944, Chicago)[1][2] is an American astronomer and author. He has been the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles for 45 years, since first taking over the position in 1974 from his predecessor, William J. Kaufmann III.[3]


Krupp is known for his extensive publications on astronomical and science education topics and his promotion of astronomy to the general public via his books, columns, appearances in visual media and through the science communication programs at the observatory.[3][4] Several of his books have won notable awards from institutions such as the American Institute of Physics and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. In particular, Krupp is noted for his specialist contributions and investigations in the field of archaeoastronomy on which he has written widely, including such books as In Search of Ancient Astronomies (1977)[5] and Archaeoastronomy and the Roots of Science (1984).

Krupp hosted the astronomy educational series "Project Universe" on the American PBS channel in the late 1970s.[4]

Krupp leads tours with an archaeoastronomy emphasis for Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural trips.


He received his degrees in astronomy from UCLA, a Master's degree in 1968 and a PhD in 1972; his PhD advisor was George Abell.[2][6] He received a bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy from Pomona College in 1966.[2][6]

Krupp was a student in 1961 at the Summer Science Program.[7][8][9] At that time, Abell was Academic Director of the program,[9] which teaches astronomy to high school students.[10][11] Krupp has remained active with SSP as the head teaching assistant from 1968 to 1972 and as a frequent guest lecturer.[8][9] He stated of the program:[12]

In some respects, SSP remains the most academically cohesive and intense educational experience I have ever had. That, I suspect, is true for most who are fortunate enough to attend it. If it weren't for SSP, my vision would be narrower, my aspirations less ambitious, and my life less rich. I don't exaggerate.


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .
  2. ^ a b c David H. Menke (October 1987). "Dinsmore Alter and the Griffith Observatory". Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Hansen, Christopher; Melanie Wang; Anthony Cook (n.d.). "A History of Griffith Observatory" (online edited version). Observatory History. Griffith Observatory. Retrieved March 30, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Distinctive Voices Program Office (2009). "Upcoming Events: Fall 2009 Season". Distinctive Voices @ the Beckman Center. National Academy of Science. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Krupp editor, with authors Alexander Thom, Archibald Thom (ch. 2), John A. Eddy (ch. 4), and Anthony F. Aveni (ch. 5), edited by Doubleday, several editions and translations.
  6. ^ a b Cole, K.C. (February 14, 1999). "Ed Krupp's Star-Studded Cosmic Extravaganza" (online reproduction). LA Times. Los Angeles, CA: Tribune Company. Retrieved March 30, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Oral History Transcript — Dr. Paul M. Routly". Niels Bohr Library & Archives. September 25, 1990. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  8. ^ a b "50th SSP Reunion Celebration". Summer Science Program. 2009. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c "The "Teaching Opportunity of a Lifetime" at SSP" (PDF). Summer Science Program. December 4, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Summer Science Program". Summer Science Program. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  11. ^ "1st SSP Makes News". Summer Science Program. Retrieved November 12, 2010. 
  12. ^ "Summer Science Program Testimonials". Summer Science Program. Retrieved November 9, 2010. 

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He leads tours for Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural trips