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Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. Robert Kennicutt

5 Jan 2020, 21:00 UTC
Meet the AAS Keynote Speakers: Dr. Robert Kennicutt
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In this series of posts, we sit down with a few of the keynote speakers of the 235th AAS meeting to learn more about them and their research. You can see a full schedule of their talks here!

Professor Robert Kennicutt

A Star is FormedNewton famously said, “If I have seen farther, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” Professor Kennicutt began his career pursuing a Ph.D. with one of these giants, Paul Hodge, at the University of Washington. While there, he worked on measuring the Hubble constant using the Strömgren diameters of HII regions. Using this method, he obtained a value of 58 km s-1 Mpc-1, not far from the present day value of 74 km s-1 Mpc-1 and in agreement with other measurements at that time from Alan Sandage. Not only has Kennicutt seen farther since then, but he has become a giant in his own right whose incredible contributions to astronomy will help future astronomers see beyond what was ever thought possible.After his Ph.D., Kennicutt continued his research as a Carnegie fellow on the strong recommendation of Alan Sandage. Though he used a method to constrain the Hubble constant with which Sandage disagreed, Kennicutt had ...

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