Professor Alex Filippenko, one of the world’s most highly cited astronomers — also voted by students the “Best Professor” on campus a record nine times — offers a look into the University of California’s innovative astronomy education and research efforts. Studies at the observatory include stellar explosions, Earth-like planets orbiting other stars, and giant black holes.
Filippenko joined the Berkeley faculty in 1986. One of the world’s most highly cited astronomers and the only person to have served on both teams that simultaneously discovered the Nobel-worthy accelerating expansion of the universe. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, has co-authored nearly 800 papers, and has been awarded numerous prizes for his research.