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, 1994-2015
    Acting Chair, Astronomy Department, 2006-2007
    Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (founding), UC Berkeley, 2007-2015
    Professor of the Graduate School, 2016-2019


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

    B.Sc., Spring, 1973Stanford 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

    Invited Lecture: Kavli Prize Symposium (“Magnetic Fields on Stars”), 2015

    The Berkeley Citation (highest campus honor), 2015

    Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization, 2016


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 (founding), AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy 1999-2001

Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Review Committee 2005

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (many)

UC President’s Taskforce on Faculty Diversity 2006

Co-Chair, UC Systemwide Campus Climate Survey, 2012-2014

Co-Chair, AAS Graduate Education Diversity Task Force 2017-2019

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.

Astronomy expert on a number of television science programs 

            Including PBS, History Channel, Discovery Channel

Numerous Public Lectures and School Visits


Board Member, "I Have a Dream, Oakland Foundation " 1995-2003


Board Member, Chabot Space and Science Center 1998-2006


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


Science Advisory Board Member, Astrophysical Institute of Potsdam, 2014-2020


Board Member, Astronomical Society of the Pacific,  2015-2021

Selection Committee, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation National Faculty Fellowships, 2015-2020