Professor Donald Kurtz

Prof. Donald Kurtz


School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Leighton Building, LE 211

+44 (0) 1772 89 3735

Don Kurtz is Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire. His research is in asteroseismology and magnetic stars and he teaches the undergraduate introductory astrophysics course, as well as other courses. Don also presents dozens of public talks around the world each year on a variety of astronomic topics. He is a member of the Stellar Astrophysics Research Group.

Full Profile

Don Kurtz was born in San Diego, California to an American father and Canadian mother. He obtained his PhD in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1976, then spent 25 years in South Africa at the University of Cape Town from postdoc to professor. Since 2001 he has been Professor of Astrophysics at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK.

Don observes with some of the largest telescopes in the world, has over 2000 nights at the telescope. He is the discoverer of a class of pulsating, magnetic stars that are the most peculiar stars known, the rapidly oscillating Ap stars.

He is a member of the steering committee of the Kepler Asteroseismic Science Consortium, and is co-author of the fundamental textbook, “Asteroseismology”. He is past-president of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Variable Stars.

Don is an outdoorsman and has travelled widely. He enthusiastically gives public lectures to diverse audiences all over the world on a wide range of topics.

Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Texas, 1976
M.A. Astronomy, University of Texas, 1972
B.A. Astronomy and Physics, San Diego State University, 1970


Don Kurtz has over 380 professional publications. These can easily be accessed via the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS). Under “authors” enter “Kurtz,D.” and then hit the “send query” button. Similar access to the publications of all astronomers can be found this way.

More publications


AA1051 – Introductory Astrophysics

AA 2001 – Astrophysics 2

AA3010 – Stellar structure and evolution


Fellow, Royal Astronomical Society

Member, International Astronomical Union