Michael Bolte received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Central Florida, Master of Science Degree in Physics from Florida State University and PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the University of Washington in 1987. After a postdoctoral position at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, BC, he was awarded one of the first of the prestigious NASA Hubble Fellowships. In 1993, he joined the faculty of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a joint appointment in the Astronomy and Physics Department and UCO faculty. He has Chaired the W.M. Keck Observatory Science Steering Committee, the California Extremely Large Telescope Project Steering Committee and the Thirty-Meter Telescope Science Advisory Committee. He is currently a member of the CARA Board of Directors overseeing the W.M. Keck Observatory and the Thirty-Meter Telescope Board of Directors. In 2005/6 he served as Interim Director of the University of California Observatories.

His research areas are observational tests of stellar evolution, determinations of the age of the Universe, the origin of the chemical elements and chemical evolution since the Big Bang, and the nature of the first stars to form after the Big Bang.

Photo from Jan 2006.

(high-resolution version of above image)

March 21, 2008 with the kids

June 2001

With that wonderful young lady, 1999

New Assistant Professor, UC Santa Cruz

Return from climbing trip June 1976

Leaving on the Big Trip with Chip after high school graduation June 1972


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