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Bo Reipurth

Bo Reipurth

I graduated from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. After spending some years as a postdoc in Copenhagen, I took up a position as staff astronomer with the European Southern Observatory in Chile, where I spent 11 years. Subsequently, I worked at CASA in Colorado as a Research Professor, and I currently work at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu in order to pursue studies of star and planet formation.

One of my first astronomical experiences as a small kid was to see the craters of the Moon and the rings of Saturn through the telescope at the public observatory on top of the Round Tower in Copenhagen. After that I was never in doubt that I had to become an astronomer. Conditions in Copenhagen were already in those days not ideal for looking at the night sky, but instead I spent innumerable hours with my small telescope drawing sunspots as they crossed the Sun. I took out a subscription to Sky and Telescope, which I then painstakingly read through with the help of a dictionary. One day I read an article about small mysterious blobs called Herbig-Haro objects which might be signposts of stars in the making. I was completely captivated by the possibility that we might actually be able to see stars in the process of being born, and I have spent most of my professional career trying to learn about how stars are formed.