Astronomers

Researchers with upcoming projects at McDonald Observatory include:

Marc Wetzel found his passion and love of astronomy during one summer at McDonald Observatory and never looked back. Marc has been so inspired by finding his own passion in life that his message to...
J. Craig Wheeler
Astronomy professor J. Craig Wheeler has never been a stranger to science. Even before he began to study astronomy, he was certainly influenced by his father's physics-related career. "My father...
By the tender age of four, astronomer Ron Wilhelm already knew what he wanted to be. From gazing at the night sky with his family, to reading Astronomy magazine, to building his own telescope when he...
The Williams family's home videos capture a 2-year-old Kurtis looking through a cardboard tube as if it is a telescope. For as long as he can remember, Kurtis has been fascinated with the heavens....
Michael Williams
Michael Williams' favorite thing about being an astronomer is the opportunity to travel all over the world and live in interesting places. “I have had the opportunity to visit places like California...
Bev Wills, an astronomer at The University of Texas at Austin, is brimming with excitement as she talks about the loves of her life: her husband Derek, baroque music, a recent interest in running,...
Jody Wilson is senior research associate at the Imaging Science Team in The Center for Space Physics at Boston University. Her research involves imaging and numerical modeling of the atmospheres...
"I can't remember a time when I wasn't interested in astronomy and horses," says Don Winget. Don is a professor of astronomy at The University of Texas at Austin. "One of my most vivid early memories...
Peter Yoachim learned in college that his two loves, math and astronomy, would never work together. "Astronomy has ruined my math skills," Peter said. "I can't do a formal proof to save my life...
From New Zealand, to Thailand, to Denmark, you name it, David Yong's been there. He says his best trip was to India and Nepal, where he trekked around the monstrous Himalayan Mountains. During the...
Ming Zhao
Ming Zhao is a post doctoral researcher at Penn State University. He grew up in the city of Kunming in Southwest China. “I was fascinated by stars and planets when I was young," Ming says. "I...