James B. Kaler
James B. Kaler
His research area, in which he published over 120 papers, involved dying stars. Prof. Kaler has held Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, has been awarded medals for his work from the University of Liège in Belgium and the University of Mexico, gave both the Armand Spitz Lecture to the Great Lakes Planetarium Association and the Margaret Noble Address to the Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society, and received the 2003 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement. He has written for a variety of popular and semi-popular magazines, was a consultant for Time-Life Books on their Voyage Through the Universe series, has long appeared on Illinois television and radio, and has published several books, including Stars and their Spectra, The Ever-Changing Sky, Extreme Stars, and the Cambridge Encyclopedia of Stars (Cambridge), Stars and Cosmic Clouds (Scientific American Library), two textbooks, The Little Book of Stars and The Greatest Hundred Stars (Copernicus), and three audio courses for Recorded Books.
He is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and is a past president of the Board of the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. Asteroid 1998 JK was named 17853 Kaler in honor of his outreach activities, and in 2008 he received the American Astronomical Society's Education Prize. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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