Kate Kirby earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry and
physics from Harvard/Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard College Observatory she was appointed
as research physicist at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and lecturer in the Harvard
University Department of Astronomy. From 1988 to 2001, she served as an associate director at
the Harvard- Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, heading the Atomic and Molecular Physics Division.
From 2001-2007, she served as director of the Institute for Theoretical Atomic, Molecular and Optical
Physics (ITAMP) at Harvard and Smithsonian. In July, 2009 she was appointed executive officer of the American
Dr. Kirby's research interests lie in theoretical atomic and molecular physics,
particularly the calculation of atomic and molecular processes important in astrophysics
and atmospheric physics. She is a fellow of both APS and AAAS.