Robert Kraft (astronomer)

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Robert Kraft (astronomer) : biography

June 16, 1927 –

Robert Paul "Bob" Kraft (born June 16, 1927) is an American astronomer. He has done 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).

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.



  • Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy (1962)
  • Henry Norris Russell Lectureship (1995)
  • Bruce Medal (2005)
  • National Academy of Sciences

Named after him

  • Asteroid 3712 Kraft