Kevin Marvel is the Executive Officer of the American Astronomical Society (AAS). Marvel attended the University of Arizona, where he received B.S. degrees in Astronomy and Physics with minors in Physics and Mathematics, respectively. He attended New Mexico State University for graduate school, earning a M.S. and then a Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1996.
His research focuses on studies of MASERS, small radio frequency emitting gas clouds, found around large evolved stars, active young stars and other interesting environments. He uses observations of these objects to more accurately determine distances, one of the most challenging parameters to determine when studying astronomical objects and to understand the physics of the environments where these objects are found.
Before taking up a position with the American Astronomical Society in 1998 as Associate Executive Officer, he served as a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology's (CALTECH’s) Owens Valley Radio Observatory where he helped test and implement a new system to correct for the atmospheric degradation of short wavelength radio waves observed with the millimeter array radio telescope. During his spare time at OVRO he enjoyed fly-fishing, hiking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains and exploring Death Valley National Park.
In 2002 he was named Deputy Executive Officer of the American Astronomical Society, continuing to manage the public policy program for the Society and undertaking additional responsibilities. In July 2006, he was chosen as Executive Officer and is now responsible for all aspects of Society operations, including the publishing of the primary research journals in Astronomy, the Astrophysical Journal and Astronomical Journal.
Kevin is also the author of numerous scholarly articles, magazine articles and, two books, most recently, an introductory astronomy book entitled “Astronomy Made Easy”. He regularly speaks to the public about astronomy and will happily teach anyone to recognize the bright constellations.
Kevin lives in Alexandria, VA where he enjoys home renovation, woodwork and sailing. He also enjoys fly fishing, travel and hiking.