Alex Filippenko

Alex Filippenko

Alex Filippenko is the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor in the Physical Sciences, and a Miller Senior Fellow in the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Filippenko developed and runs the Katzman Automatic Imaging Telescope (KAIT), a fully robotic telescope which conducts the Lick Observatory Supernova Search (LOSS). His accomplishments, documented in about 940 research papers, have been recognized by several major prizes, including a share of both the Gruber Cosmology Prize in 2007 and the Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics in 2015. One of the world's most highly cited astronomers, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2009 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015. His research focuses on supernovae and active galaxies at optical, ultraviolet, and near-infrared wavelengths.

Professor Filippenko has produced five astronomy video courses with "The Great Courses", co-authored an award-winning astronomy textbook, The Cosmos: Astronomy in the New Millennium, and has appeared in more than 120 television documentaries, including about 50 episodes of the History Channel series The Universe. He has given over 1000 public lectures or other presentations.

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