Michael J. Kurtz

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Michael J Kurtz is an astrophysicist at Harvard University, He has held the title of Astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics since 1983, and the addition post of Computer Scientist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory since 1984. He is especially known both for his research into the distribution of galaxies, and for his creation of the Astrophysics Data System.


Kurtz received a BA in Physics from San Francisco State University, 1977 and a Ph.d. for Dartmouth College in 1977, From 1984-1992 he was Director Image Processing Laboratory


His h-index is 35.


His most cited papers in astronomy are:

  • "The Updated Zwicky Catalog (UZC)" by Emilio E. Falco, Michael J. Kurtz, Margaret J. Geller, John P. Huchra, James Peters, Perry Berlind, Douglas J. Mink, Susan P. Tokarz, Barbara Elwell. Publ.Astron.Soc.Pac.111:438,1999 doi:10.1086/316343 arXiv:astro-ph/9904265v1 (cited 340 times according to Google Scholar)
  • "RVSAO 2.0: Digital Redshifts and Radial Velocities" by Michael J. Kurtz, Douglas J. Mink Publ.Astron.Soc.Pac.110:934-977,1998 DOI: 10.1086/316207 arXiv:astro-ph/9803252v3 (cited 288 times in Google Scholar)
  • "A complete southern sky redshift survey" by da Costa, L. N., Geller, M. J., Pellegrini, P. S., Latham, D. W., Fairall, A. P., Marzke, R. O.,,  : Astrophysical Journal, Part 2 - Letters (ISSN 0004-637X), vol. 424, no. 1, p. L1-L4 (cited 167 times in Google Scholar)
  • "The Southern Sky Redshift Survey: by L. Nicolaci da Costa1, , C. N. A. Willmer2 , P. S. Pellegrini , O. L. Chaves , C. Rité, M. A. G. Maia, M. J. Geller3, D. W. Latham, M. J. Kurtz, J. P. Huchra, M. Ramella, A. P. Fairall, C. Smith and S. Lípari The Astronomical Journal 116 1 doi:10.1086/300410 (cited 174 times in Google Scholar)
  • "The Century Survey: A Deeper Slice of the Universe" by Margaret J. Geller, Michael J. Kurtz, Gary Wegner, John R. Thorstensen, Daniel G. Fabricant, Ronald O. Marzke, John P. Huchra, Rudolph E., Schild, Emilio E. Falco doi:10.1086/118640: arXiv:astro-ph/9710109v1 cited 114 times in Google Scholar)



  • Van Biesbroeck Prize, American Astronomical Society, 2001, for design of the ADS Abstract Service [1]
  • ISI/ASIST Citation Award, American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2000,


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