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Jim Kaler

Jim Kaler
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Jim Kaler

Jim Kaler, Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, has been at the University of Illinois since 1964. While his research involved dying stars, he was chiefly interested in education and public outreach. Prof. Kaler held both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships, received the 2003 Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, has written for many popular magazines, appeared frequently on Illinois television and radio, and has published 20 books. Among the latest are First Magnitude: A Book of the Bright Sky, and From the Sun to the Stars (World Scientific). Kaler operates a large educational website which for 25 years featured the “Star of the Week.” 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. Kaler is past president of the Boards of Directors of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and the Champaign-Urbana Symphony. He enjoys both music and photography.