Gibor Basri • Dept. of Astronomy (MC3411) • University of California • Berkeley, CA 94720

Born: May 3, 1951 • Hometown: Ft. Collins, CO • Married to the love of my life Jessica Broitman • One son.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Univ. of California, 1979-81
Assistant Research Astronomer, Univ. of California, 1981-82
Assistant Professor, Univ. of California, 1982-1987
Associate Professor, Univ. of California, 1988-1994
Professor, Univ. of California, 1994-2015
Acting Chair, Astronomy Department, 2006-2007
Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion (founding), UC Berkeley, 2007-2015
Professor of the Graduate School, 2016-2019
Professor Emeritus, 2020-


Ph.D, Fall, 1979, University of Colorado, Boulder
Specialization: Astrophysics
Thesis Title: Supergiant Chromospheres
B.Sc., Spring, 1973, Stanford University
Major: Physics

Honors and Awards

National Merit Scholar, 1969
Bausch and Lomb Science Medal, 1969
Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1979
Chabot Observatory “Achievement in Science” Citation 1996
Miller Research Professorship 1997-98
Sigma Xi Distinguished Lectureship 1999-2000
NASA Faculty Fellowship, Ames Research Center, 2002
Chancellor’s Community Service Award, 2003
Invited Plenary Lecture (“Brown Dwarfs: Up Close and Physical“),
American Astronomical Society, 2004
Chancellor’s Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence 2006
Fellow, California Academy of Science
Invited Lecture: Kavli Prize Symposium (“Magnetic Fields on Stars”), 2015
The Berkeley Citation (highest campus honor), 2015
Carl Sagan Prize for Science Popularization, 2016

Professional Societies

American Astronomical Society
International Astronomical Union
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
National Society of Black Physicists

Professional Committee Memberships

IUE Peer Review Panel, NASA, 1984,1986,1988
Time Assignment Committee, Lick Observatory, 1984-1988
Management Operations Working Group, Space Astronomy Division, NASA, 1984-87
HIRES Spectrograph Science Working Group, 10-M Keck Telescope, 1989-1991
NASA Theory Program Review, 1990
NSF Stellar Program Review, 1991, 1998
IUE Users Group, 1992-1994
UC Observatories Advisory Committee, 1992-1995
NSF Minority Postdoctoral Fellowships Review Panel 1994-1995
Time Assignment Committee, UC Observatories, 1994-1998
NIRSPEC Science Working Group, 10-M Keck Telescope, 1994-1997
NASA MidEX Review Panel 1998
Chair (founding), AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy 1999-2001
Hubble Postdoctoral Fellowship Review Committee 2005
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (many)
UC President’s Taskforce on Faculty Diversity 2006
Co-Chair, UC Systemwide Campus Climate Survey, 2012-2014
Co-Chair, AAS Graduate Education Diversity Task Force 2017-2019

Professional & Community Service

Advisor, Professional Development Program 1983-1992
Working with programs to encourage minority high school students to excel in math-based fields at Berkeley. Development and national dissemination of techniques for accomplishing this.
Project ASTRO participant 1993-1995
Astronomical Society of Pacific program to connect astronomers with primary and secondary school teachers. Classroom visitations and lectures.
Astronomy expert on a number of television science programs
Including PBS, History Channel, Discovery Channel
Numerous Public Lectures and School Visits
Board Member, “I Have a Dream, Oakland Foundation 1995-2003
Board Member, Chabot Space and Science Center 1998-2006
Co-Investigator, Kepler Mission (NASA), 2001-2013
Science Advisory Board Member, Astrophysical Institute of Potsdam, 2014-2020
Board Member, Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 2015-2021
Selection Committee, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation National Faculty Fellowships, 2015-2020