Kate Kirby

Former APS Chief Executive Officer

Kate Kirby served as executive officer of APS from 2009 to 2015. In February 2015, she became the first CEO of APS.

    Kate Kirby

    Kate Kirby was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the American Physical Society from 2015 to 2021. Kirby earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard/Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard College Observatory she was appointed as Research Physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Lecturer in the Harvard University Department of Astronomy. From 1988 to 2001, she served as an Associate Director at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, heading the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division. From 2001 to 2007, she served as Director of the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics (ITAMP) at Harvard and Smithsonian. From 2009 to early 2015, Kirby served as Executive Officer of the American Physical Society (APS). In February 2015, she became the first CEO of APS.

    Kirby's research interests lie in theoretical atomic and molecular physics, particularly the calculation of atomic and molecular processes important in astrophysics and atmospheric physics. She is a Fellow of both APS and AAAS.

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