Philipp P. Kronberg

Philipp P. Kronberg

Fellow: Awarded 1985
Field of Study: Astronomy and Astrophysics

Competition: US & Canada

Education: University of Toronto

Professor Philipp Kronberg received his degrees from Queen’s University, Canada (B.Sc., M.Sc.), and the University of Manchester (Ph.D., D.Sc.). He began his career at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. (Chalk River Lab.). He was subsequently a faculty member in the Physics Department and Jodrell Bank at the University of Manchester (1966-68), in the departments of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Toronto (1969-2002), and more recently Distinguished Orson Anderson Scholar at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (2002-03). He has published 220 scientific papers. He has also held appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy in Germany, and has been awarded a Killam Foundation Fellowship, a Humboldt Fellowship, and a Humboldt Award (Humboldt-Preis). In 2007 and 2009, he has spent periods as Distinguished Visiting Scientist at CSIRO/ATNF and the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS).

He has chaired advisory and management boards of major scientific organizations and facilities in the U.S. and Canada, including the NSF, and Associated Universities Inc. (AUI). Over a four-year period spanning the VLA dedication in 1980 he served as member of the AUI visiting committee for NRAO, and was its chair in 1982. He also chaired the NRAO’s VLA advisory committee during the final VLA construction years, and served as advisor to the NSF on the scientific strategy and design of the Green Bank Telescope, which was dedicated in West Virginia in 2001, and on several other NSF panels, most recently in 2008. Since 2005 he serves on the executive of the APS Topical Group on Plasma Astrophysics.

In the 1980s Philipp Kronberg played a central role in establishing a Cray XMP-based supercomputer center for the Province of Ontario, and served on its management board. He was chairman of the international Scientific and Technical Evaluation Panel for the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO) that was subsequently commissioned by the NRC(Canada), NSERC, and the DOE. He subsequently played a key role in arranging the construction funding of SNO. He was a Governing Council member of the National Research Council of Canada, and member of the management board of the UK-Canada-Netherlands James Clerk Maxwell submillimeter telescope in Hawaii. In the late 1990s he served as Commodore at the Boulevard Club in Toronto, and from 2005-09 served as President of The Reserve Condominium Santa Fe, New Mexico.


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