Thomas G. Barnes III

Senior Research Scientist, McDonald Observatory


Thomas G. Barnes


McDonald Observatory

2515 Speedway, MS C1402


TX 78712



Research Interests:

observational aspects of variable stars;

photometry and radial velocity studies of
Cepheid and RR Lyrae variables


Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1970

M.A., University of Toronto, 1968

B.S., University of Rochester, 1966

Astronomy Courses Taught:

AST 309L: Extraterrestrial Life (UT)

AST 301: Introduction to Astronomy (UT)

Ast 1623: Solar System Astronomy (ACC)

I came to the University of Texas in 1970 as the W.J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow and have served McDonald in various capacities since then. My research interests are pulsating variable stars, particularly Cepheids and RR Lyrae variables, and their application to Galactic and extragalactic distance scales. I use the telescopes at McDonald and elsewhere to obtain radial velocities, abundances, and photometric properties of these stars.


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