Robert Kraft (astronomer)

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Robert Kraft
Kraft & Suntzeff 2005.jpg
Born (1927-06-16)June 16, 1927
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Died May 26, 2015(2015-05-26) (aged 87)
Santa Cruz, California
Nationality Flag of the United States.svg United States
Alma mater University of Washington, University of California at Berkeley
Doctoral advisor George Herbig

Robert Paul "Bob" Kraft (June 16, 1927 – May 26, 2015) was an American astronomer.[1] He performed pioneering work on Cepheid variables, stellar rotation, novae, and the chemical evolution of the Milky Way.


Kraft served as director of the Lick Observatory (1981–1991), president of the American Astronomical Society (1974–1976), and president of the International Astronomical Union (1997–2000).[2]

He received his B.S. at the University of Washington in 1947, M.S. in mathematics at the University of Washington in 1949, and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.[3] He died in 2015.[4]



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