Steven Michael Kahn

Stanford University
Astrophysicist; Educator; Research institution scientist
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Earth Sciences
Stanford University, Stanford, California ~Cassius Lamb Kirk Professor in the Natural Sciences; Professor and Chair of Physics; Professor of Particle Physics and Astrophysics, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. Major figure in experimental astrophysics. Continues to enable novel explorations of the universe. Initial research in X-ray astronomy produced important observational papers on a wide range of sources using HEAO-1, Einstein, and EXOSAT observatories. Recent observational interests have emphasized X-ray spectroscopy of active galactic nuclei, clusters of galaxies, supernova remnants, and the intergalactic medium. Created a group performing experimental astrophysics measurements and theoretical calculations of the wavelengths, cross sections, and oscillator strengths required by modern X-ray astronomy, and led the team that designed and built the highly successful X-ray reflection grating array on the XMM-Newton Satellite. Director of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, which is scheduled to become operational in 2022. Fellow, American Physical Society.  Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
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