Imke de Pater

Imke de Pater

Imke de Pater

Department of Astronomy - Professor of Astronomy, Earth and Planetary Science, Interim CIPS Director

Department of Astronomy

Department of Astronomy
605C Campbell Hall
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3411

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Specialty areas

Adaptive optics and Radio Observations of the giant planets, Astronomy, Planetary Science, their rings and satellites..


Imke de Pater is a Professor at the University of California in Berkeley. She is well known for her work on Jupiter’s synchrotron radiation, for which she received the URSI John Howard Dellinger Gold Medal in Aug. 1984. She led a worldwide campaign observing Jupiter’s radio emissions during the impact of comet D/Shoemaker-Levy 9 with Jupiter in 1994. This work has lead to a detailed investigation of the effects of impacts on the magnetospheric environment of the planet.

Her book “Planetary Sciences” was awarded the 2007 Chambliss Award for Writing from the American Astronomical Society.