Members of the American Astronomical Society recently elected Robert Kirshner as their president for 2003. Kirshner, who takes office at the society’s annual meeting next month, will serve as president-elect in 2003 and as president in 2004–05, and succeeds Catherine Pilachowski (see Physics Today, May 2001, page 77).

Kirshner received his AB in astronomy in 1970 from Harvard University and his PhD in astronomy from Cal-tech in 1975. After completing a postdoc at the Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona, he became a member of the astronomy faculty at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1977. In 1986, Kirshner joined Harvard’s astronomy department and served as chair from 1990 to 1997. Beginning in 1998, he was the associate director for optical and infrared astronomy at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), a position he held for five years. The same year he joined the CfA, he...

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