Since 1973, Dr. Krupp has been recognized internationally for his work on ancient, prehistoric, and traditional astronomy and on the relationship between astronomy and culture. He is the author and editor of five books on this subject and has personally visited, studied, and photographed more than 2100 ancient, historic, and prehistoric sites throughout the world, including the Yucatán peninsula. He has also written hundreds of articles for the general reader on astronomy and culture, dozens of research papers, and four children’s books on astronomy. He has received several prominent awards from the American Institute of Physics, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Pomona College, and other astronomical and civic organizations.
Dr. Krupp began his Griffith Observatory career as a part-time planetarium lecturer in 1970 and has been its Director and an agent of public astronomy since 1974. He led the Observatory’s $93-million restoration, renovation and expansion, a project he conceived and shepherded through design, fundraising, construction, reactivation, and return to space after a five-year close.
He attended Pomona College as an undergraduate majoring in physics/astronomy. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy at U.C.L.A.