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San Francisco
Sir Francis Drake Hotel
450 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA  94102
United States

A star is born and dies: Leonard Kuhi will take us through the various stages of a star's life from its formation in interstellar clouds to its ultimate demise. The stages are different for stars of different mass but are responsible for some of the most intriguing objects in the night sky: planetary nebulae, white dwarfs, novae, supernovae, neutron stars and black holes. The story is a constant battle between gravity and a star's energy sources, but gravity always wins.

Leonard received his B.A Sc. from the University of Toronto and his PhD in Astronomy from UC Berkeley. He is Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Berkeley and Minnesota. Leonard served as Provost and Dean of the College of Letters and Science at Berkeley and as Vice President of the University of Minnesota.

He is a past president of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific and past Treasurer of the American Astronomical Society. He was Visiting Professor at the College de France and received the Humboldt U.S. Senior Scientist Award at the University of Heidelberg. He is a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has also served on numerous national and international committees dealing with astronomy, national observatories and space telescopes.

His research interests were star formation and early stellar evolution: how stars and planets form out of interstellar gas and dust and their behavior and characteristics before nuclear reactions turn on.

Leonard is a member of the Cloverdale Rotary Club and a former member of the Rotary Club of San Francisco.

Meeting Schedule:

12:00 Noon Registration & Networking
12:15 PM (sharp!)  Meeting begins (club business first, followed by keynote speaker)
1:30 PM Meeting adjourns

This is a weekly membership meeting for The Rotary Club of San Francisco, open to all Rotarians, visiting Rotarians, prospective members, and guests.

Each luncheon ticket includes a three-course lunch. Tickets for Club members are $35 each; $30 if you register online in advance. Non-member tickets are $40 each. Payment by credit card or check is preferred. Tickets available for purchase only at the door.