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Paula Szkody Edit Profile

researcher , Astronomy educator

Dr. Paula Szkody is a professor in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle.


Szkody, Paula was born on July 17, 1948 in Detroit, Michigan, United States. Daughter of Julian and Pauline (Wolski) Szkody.


Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics, Michigan State University, 1970. Master of Science in Astronomy, University Washington, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy in Astronomy, University Washington, 1975.


Research assistant Observatoire de Geneve, 1969, Kitt Peak National Observatory, 1970. Research, teaching assistant University Washington, Seattle, 1970-1975, research associate, lecturer, 1975-1982, senior research associate, 1982-1983, research associate professor, 1983-1991, research professor, 1991-1993, professor, since 1993. Part-time member faculty Seattle University, 1974-1975, 82, Bellevue College, 1975-1977.

Visiting scientist Kitt Peak National Observatory, 1976. Visiting instructor University of California at Los Angeles, 1977, adjunct assistant professor, 1980, 81. Visiting assistant professor University Hawaii, 1978.

Visiting associate professor California Institute of Technology, 1978-1979, 80, member XTE users committee, 1996-1999. Member users committee International Ultraviolet Explorer, 1983-1985, 93-97. Member A.J. Cannon advisory committee American Association of University Women, 1986-1991, chairman 1988-1990.

Member management operations working group on Ultraviolet/Visual/Relativity, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1988-1991. Member representative Associates University Research Astronomy, since 2000.


  • In 1978, she was awarded the Annie Jump Cannon Award in Astronomy by the American Astronomical Society. As of 1994, she is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A minor planet has been named after her.


  • Other Work

    • Scientific editor ApJ, since 2002. Contributor numerous articles to professional journals.


Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science (member nominating committee 1990-1993, chairperson 1993, member-at-large 1995-1999). Member American Association Variable Star Observers (council member since 2004), American Astronomical Society (councilor 1996-1999), International Astronomical Union. Member commission 42 organizing committee since 1991, vice president 1997-1900, president 2000-2003), Astronomical Society Pacific (board directors 1988-1992), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Donald E. Brownlee, March 19, 1976. Children: Allison, Carson.

Julian Szkody

Pauline (Wolski) Szkody

Donald E. Brownlee

Allison Szkody

Carson Szkody