Robert Wilson

Professor Emeritus


322 Bryant Space Science Center
(352) 294–1843
(352) 392–5089


WD Binary Star Programs
Educational Background
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Pennsylvania, 1963
Areas of Specialty
Stellar Models, Stellar Structure & Evolution, Close Binary Stars.

Research Interests
Variable Stars, HR Diagram Analysis, Eclipsing Binary Models and Analysis.

Like Abraham Lincoln, I was born in a log cabin that I built with my own hands. My parents operated a photography shop, where I learned just enough optics to explain how to take pictures, as long as no one asked any hard questions. I took an early interest in several team sports but couldn't play any of them so nothing was left but astronomy. Having developed strong aversions to everything trendy, I was guided naturally into binary star research, and particularly into novel developments that a core of about two persons, both living on this planet, find interesting. In my next life I plan to be trendy and athletic, and to save the whales.