Science Working Group Member
Harvard Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)
Cambridge, MA 02138
ANDREA K. DUPREE is a Senior Astrophysicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory which forms a part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Her 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 analyis 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. She 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.
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.
See Searching for Planets with Kepler, public lecture given 2010 March 18 by Andrea Dupree. at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Movie format is RealPlayer.