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Krzysztof (Kris) Stanek is a Professor of Astronomy at the Ohio State University. A native of Poland, he obtained a Magister (MSc) degree in Astronomy from Warsaw University in 1991. He received a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Princeton University in 1996. He spent his postdoctoral years first as a Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Fellow in Cambridge, MA, and then he continued there as a Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow. In 2001, he joined the faculty of the Department of Astronomy, Harvard University, first as an assistant and then as an associate professor of astronomy. In 2005 he joined the astronomy faculty of the Ohio State University, first as an associate professor, promoted to a full professor in 2009.
As of 2022, Stanek is an author and co-author of more than 280 refereed journal publications, cited more than 20,000 times. Since 2011, Stanek is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2018, he was named an Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar. In 2020, jointly with fellow OSU faculty Prof. Kochanek, he received the American Astronomical Society’s Beatrice M. Tinsley Prize, which recognizes outstanding research of an exceptionally creative character.