Richard Kron

Senior Associate, KICP
Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Richard Kron
Eckhardt Research Center
Room 533
5640 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-3335


Ph.D., Astronomy, University of California Berkeley, 1978


The evolution of stellar populations in galaxies (history of the star-formation rate), the cosmic evolution of quasars, and generally the state of things at high redshift.

Kron specializes in studies of distant galaxies and quasars using survey techniques. Kron, along with two colleagues, conceived the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a collaboration of 13 institutions and 200 astronomers around the world that in 1998 began conducting the largest census every taken of the sky. Previously, Kron, who studies galaxies and quasars, helped to build the Sloan Survey's data processing system and had served as the survey's scientific spokesman before becoming its director. He also is a former director of the Yerkes Observatory in Williams Bay, Wisconsin.  Kron currently serves as Director of the Dark Energy Survey.