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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
    Title: Gerald E. Kron papers
    creator: Kron, Gerald E.
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.254
    Physical Description: 6.9 Linear Feet 11 boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1928-1996
    Date (bulk): 1940-1980

    Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open for research.


    This collection is organized into five series:
    • 1. Correspondence
    • 2. Research
    • 3. Writings
    • 4. Subject files
    • 5. Realia
    Materials within each series are arranged in chronological order, unless otherwise specified.

    Biographical / Historical

    Gerald E. Kron (1913-2012) was an astronomer who worked at the Lick Observatory, the U.S. Naval Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, and at Mt. Stromlo Observatory. He is known for advancing the study of stellar populations and interstellar reddening through measuring the photometry of variable stars (eclipsing binaries, interacting binaries, pulsating stars, and eruptive variables), stars of extreme luminosity (supergiants and late M dwarfs), and star clusters. Kron began his academic career by earning a graduate degree in mechanical engineering in 1934 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he studied under astronomer Joel Stebbins. In 1935, Kron began conducting observations at Mt. Wilson with Stebbins and Albert Whitford, and earned his Ph.D. in astronomy in 1938 from the University of California, Berkeley. He worked at the Lick Observatory as a staff astronomer until 1965, then relocated to Flagstaff, Arizona with his wife, Katherine, and worked as the Director of the United States Naval Observatory until 1973. Kron then moved to the Australian National University to become a Senior Research Fellow from 1974 to 1976. In 1985 the Krons moved to Honolulu, and then after Gerald’s retirement, moved back to Arizona in 1998. Gerald Kron died in Sedona, Arizona, on April 9, 2012.
    For more information: Gerald E. Kron (1913-2012)  

    Preferred Citation

    Gerald E. Kron papers. MS 254. Special Collections and Archives, University Library, University of California, Santa Cruz.

    Processing Information

    Most folder titles in this collection are derived from the original folder labels.

    Scope and Contents

    This collection documents the professional career of astronomer Gerald E. Kron and contains materials created during his time at the Lick Observatory from the 1930s until 1965, as well as later in his career. It includes correspondence, observation logs and other research materials, manuscripts, reprints, subject files, and some realia.

    Publication Rights

    Property rights for this collection reside with the University of California. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. The publication or use of any work protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from the copyright owner. Responsibility for obtaining permissions, and for any use rests exclusively with the user. For more information on copyright or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lick Observatory
    Kron, Gerald E.
    Kron, Gerald E.