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Series Ed.: Burton, W. Butler

ISSN: 0067-0057

W. Butler Burton is Professor of Astronomy, Emeritus, at the University of Leiden, Adjunct Scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and Research Professor of Astronomy at the University of Virginia. He earned a B.A. (cum laude) in Mathematics at Swarthmore College, and then studied at the University of Leiden, first as a Fulbright Scholar and then as a Fulbright Prize-Grant Scholar, earning the Doctoral and PhD degrees in Physics and Astronomy. After postdoctoral and staff appointments at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and after serving as Professor of Astronomy and Departmental Chairman at the University of Minnesota, he was appointed Professor of Astronomy in Leiden. Dr. Burton's research interests have focused on studies in the radio regime of the kinematic, physical, and distribution properties of gas and dust in our Galaxy, ranging from the central portions of the Milky Way to its quite distant environment. He has served as President of IAU Commission 33, "Structure and Dynamics of the Galactic System", and on numerous national and international Boards. He is co-discoverer of three nearby galaxies found lurking nearby behind the obscuring curtain of the Zone of Avoidance. A Minor Planet in the main asteroid belt carries his name. Dr. Burton is currently Associate Editor-in-Chief of The Astrophysical Journal.

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