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Robert C. Kennicutt, Jr
Residence United Kingdom
Nationality United States
Fields Astronomy
Institutions Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge
Alma mater Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
University of Washington
Notable awards Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics (2007) Gruber Prize for Cosmology (2009)

Robert Charles Kennicutt, Jr. is an American astronomer. He is the Plumian Professor of Astronomy at the Institute of Astronomy in the University of Cambridge. He was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Astrophysical Journal (1999-2006). His research interests include the structure and evolution of galaxies and star formation in galaxies.

He received his bachelor's degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1973. He was a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Washington, where he received his master's degree in 1976 and his Ph.D. in 1978. He was awarded the Dannie Heineman Prize for Astrophysics in 2007 by the American Astronomical Society. He shared the 2009 Gruber Prize in Cosmology with Wendy Freedman of the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Jeremy Mould of the University of Melbourne School of Physics, for their leadership in the definitive measurement of the value of the constant of proportionality in Hubble's Law. He was made a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001.




Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey

Kennicutt is the principal investigator for the Spitzer Infrared Nearby Galaxies Survey (SINGS), a legacy project that performed a multiwavelength survey of 75 nearby galaxies with the Spitzer Space Telescope[1].


  1. ^ R. C. Kennicutt, Jr., L. Armus, G. Bendo, D. Calzetti, D. A. Dale, B. T. Draine, C. W. Engelbracht, K. D. Gordon, A. D. Grauer, G. Helou, D. J. Hollenbach, T. H. Jarrett, L. J. Kewley, C. Leitherer, A. Li, S. Malhotra, M. W. Regan, G. H. Rieke, M. J. Rieke, H. Roussel, J-.D. T. Smith, M. D. Thornley, F. Walter (2003). "SINGS: The SIRTF Nearby Galaxies Survey". Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 115: 928–952. doi:10.1086/376941.  

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