Catherine A. Pilachowski

Catherine A. Pilachowski

Distinguished Professor, Astronomy

Daniel Kirkwood Chair


  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 1975
  • M.S., University of Hawaii
  • B.S., Physics, Harvey Mudd College, California

About Catherine A. Pilachowski

Professor Pilachowski holds the Kirkwood Chair in Astronomy at Indiana University Bloomington, where she teaches and conducts research on the evolution of stars and the chemical history of the Milky Way Galaxy from studies of chemical composition of stars and star clusters.

She served for more than 20 years on the scientific staff of the NSF’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy research Laboratory in Tucson. While at NOAO, she served as Project Scientist for the design and construction of the 3.5-meter WIYN Telescope.

In addition to her astronomical research, Professor Pilachowski has been active in the areas of light pollution, astronomical instrumentation, large telescope design and construction, electronic publications, women in science, and diversity. She has served on numerous national and international boards and committees and as President of the American Astronomical Society from 2002-2004. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Pilachowski received a B.S. in Physics from Harvey Mudd College in California, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii.