The Runaway Universe: Einstein's Blunder Undone
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Robert P. Kirshner is Harvard College Professor of Astronomy and Clowes Professor of Science at Harvard University. He graduated from Harvard College in 1970 and received a Ph.D. in Astronomy at Caltech. He was a post-doctoral student at the Kitt Peak National Observatory and was on the faculty at the University of Michigan for nine years. In 1986, he moved to the Harvard Astronomy Department, serving as chairman of the department and head of the Optical and Infrared Division of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
Professor Kirshner is the author of over 200 research papers on supernovae and observational cosmology. His work with the High-Z Supernova Team on the acceleration of the universe was called the "science breakthrough of the year for 1998" by Science Magazine. He and High-Z team shared the Gruber Prize for Cosmology in 2007.
A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Professor Kirshner was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998 and the American Philosophical Society in 2004. He served as President of the American Astronomical Society and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Caltech in 2004.
He is a frequent public lecturer on science. His popular book, The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos is now available in paperback and has been translated into Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Czech.
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Thursday, 15 November, 2012
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