Gibor Basri
Dept. of Astronomy (MC3411)
Univ. of California
Berkeley, CA  94720

Born: May 3, 1951. Hometown: Ft. Collins, CO.  Married, 1 son

    Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of California, 1979-81
    Assistant Research Astronomer, Univ. of California, 1981-82
    Assistant Professor, Univ. of California, 1982-1987
    Associate Professor, Univ. of California, 1988-1994
    Professor, Univ. of California, 1994-
    Acting Chair, Astronomy Department, 2006-2007
    Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion, UC Berkeley Campus


    Ph.D, Fall, 1979
    Univ. of Colorado, Boulder
    Specialization: Astrophysics
    Thesis Title: Supergiant Chromospheres

    B.Sc., Spring, 1973
    Stanford University
    Major: Physics

Honors and Awards

    National Merit Scholar, 1969
    Bausch and Lomb Science Medal, 1969
    Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1979
    Chabot Observatory ``Achievement in Science" Citation 1996
    Miller Research Professorship 1997-98
    Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship 1999-2000
    NASA Faculty Fellowship, Ames Research Center, 2002
    Chancellor's Community Service Award, 2003
    Invited Plenary Lecture ("Brown Dwarfs: Up Close and Physical"),
        American Astronomical Society, 2004
    Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence 2006


Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society

    International Astronomical Union

    Astronomical Society of the Pacific

   National Society of Black Physicists

Professional Committee Memberships

IUE Peer Review Panel, NASA, 1984,1986,1988

Time Assignment Committee, Lick Observatory, 1984-1988

Management Operations Working Group, Space Astronomy Division, NASA, 1984-87

HIRES Spectrograph Science Working Group, 10-M Keck Telescope, 1989-1991

NASA Theory Program Review, 1990

NSF Stellar Program Review, 1991, 1998

IUE Users Group, 1992-1994

UC Observatories Advisory Committee, 1992-1995

NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships Review Panel 1994-1995

Time Assignment Committee, UC Observatories, 1994-1998

NIRSPEC Science Working Group, 10-M Keck Telescope, 1994-1997

NASA MidEX Review Panel  1998

Chair, AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy 1999-2001

Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Review Committee 2005

Professional & Community Service

Advisor, Professional Development Program 1983-1992

Working with programs to encourage minority high school students to excel in math-based fields at Berkeley. Development and national dissemination of techniques for accomplishing this.

Project ASTRO participant 1993-1995

Astronomical Society of Pacific program to connect astronomers with primary and secondary school teachers. Classroom visitations and lectures.

Advisor, Chabot Observatory and Science Center 1994-1995

Participation and chair of planning committees for new COSC building and programs. Participation and lectures in various COSC programs for the public and on public television.

Astronomy expert on a number of television science programs

Numerous Public Lectures

Board Member, "I Have a Dream, Oakland" Foundation  1998-2006

Foundation which is followed a 3rd grade class from a West Oakland school all the way through high school. Conducted academic year tutoring and enrichment, and summer programs. Followed all the families and help the student through difficulties. Also became a "Gear Up" program with more students. All students were offered college or vocational school assistance after high school.Graduation rate almost tripled and more than 70% of graduates went on to higher education (including Berkeley and Harvard).

Board Member, Chabot Space and Science Center 1998-2006

The new incarnation of the Chabot Observatory, which has been serving Oakland since 1883. This is now a $65M facility in the Oakland Hills, with 3 telescopes (among the largest public ones), a state-of-the-art planetarium, and megadome theater. Its primary function is to enhance science education in the Bay Area, and it holds a lot of classes, teacher training, and other educational functions. It also has some exhibits, aimed at using Astronomy as the gateway to Science.

Co-Investigator, Kepler Mission(NASA), 2001-2013

This mission launched a 1-meter telescope (March 2009) whose purpose is to detect transits caused by terrestrial planets around other stars. It watched 150,000 stars continuously (every 30 minutes) for 4 years, with a photometric precision sufficient to see one transit of an earth-sized planet around a 12th magnitude star. It detected planets with orbital periods up to a year and sizes ranging from smaller than Mars to larger than Jupiter. As of 2013 there were 3500 planetary candidates, and hundreds of multi-planet systems. The mission accomplished its goal of measuring planet frequencies in inner planetary systems down to terrestrial sizes. My role in the project is to help understand the photometric variations caused by the stars themselves - this is a huge collateral windfall of stellar science as well as helping with understanding planet detections and false-positives.