Paul Kalas
Paul Kalas

Research Scientist

Disciplines: Remote Sensing

Degree/Major: Ph.D., Astronomy, 1996, University of Hawai'i

Curriculum vitae:

Dr. Kalas searches for planetary systems around nearby stars using direct imaging techniques with the world's most advanced observatories, such as the Hubble Space Telescope, Keck Observatory, and the Gemini Telescopes.  Though direct images of exoplanets are difficult to obtain and currently quite rare, they provide unique and fundamental information about exoplanetary systems.   One of his most well-known discoveries is the planetary system surrounding Fomalhaut, which is a bright star located 25 light years away in the constellation Pisces Australis.  The extrasolar planet Fomalhaut b was subsequently named Dagon by the International Astronomical Union.   Dr. Kalas also created the first graduate course on research ethics for astronomers, and has authored a popular science ebook called The Oneironauts.

Major Awards
  • Elected Member of Sigma Xi (2018)
  • Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2014)
  • NOVA Lecturer for the Netherlands Research School in Astronomy (2011)
  • AIAA Pickering Lecture (2010)
  • AAAS Newcomb Cleveland Prize (2009)