SWS: Dr. Andrea K. Dupree, Astrophysicist (SAO)

Dr. Dupree received a BA in Astronomy from Wellesley College and a PhD in Astronomy from Harvard University.

Dr. Dupree's research focuses on cool stars like the Sun and their planets to understand how they are born and how they evolve with particular emphasis on the analysis of spectra. Dupree, and another member of the Kepler team, Ron Gilliland, obtained the first image of the surface of a star - Betelgeuse- using the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Dupree recently led a team that discovered fast hot winds from very young stars, which could profoundly affect their evolution and the environment of surrounding planets.

Dr. Dupree has published several hundred scientific papers and articles and edited several books. Dr. Dupree is a Past-President of the American Astronomical Society. She has served on and led many committees of the US National Academy of Sciences, NASA, and others to determine the future course of astronomical research in the United States and other countries. She held the position of Associate Director of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics - the first woman and youngest person in that position and served as Head of the Solar, Stellar and Planetary Sciences Division at the CfA.

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Dr. Dupree in the Cassegrain cage of the 4-m Mayall telescope on Kitt Peak, part of the US national telescope facility, National Optical Astronomy Observatory. She is changing the settings on a near-infrared spectrograph, PHOENIX, she is using to observe stars like our Sun that may be harboring planets. Image

Dr. Dupree adjusting the echelle spectrograph, MIKE, on the 6.5 m Clay/Magellan telescope at Las Campanas Observatory, Chile. She is observing some of the oldest stars in our galaxy that give clues to how the galaxy was assembled. Image


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