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Personal papers of Stephen J. Shawl

Call Number: PP 484


Stephen J. Shawl was appointed Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Kansas in 1972. His research interests have focused on globular cluster dust and optical observational astronomy. This collection includes records related to classes Shawl taught, professional correspondence, and records generally related to Shawl's career at the University of Kansas and his work in professional organizations.


  • Creation: 1930s-2009


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Biography of Stephen J. Shawl

Born June 18, 1943, Stephen J. Shawl received his A.B. in Astronomy at the University of California at Berkeley in 1965 and his Ph.D at the University of Texas at Austin in 1972. Throughout his education, Shawl served as a research assistant at the University of California at Berkeley, University of Texas at Austin, and Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson, Arizona. He was appointed Assistant Professor in the department of Astronomy and Physics at the University of Kansas in 1972.

Shawl also served as a visiting professor/astronomer at the University of Arizona, Cerro Tololo InterAmerican Observatory, and Kitt Peak National Observatory. Shawl's research interests have included globular cluster dust, variable stars, optical observational astronomy, and astronomical polarization. He has published dozens of articles throughout his career and received numerous grants and awards for his research.

Shawl's numerous professional memberships include the International Astronomical Union, American Astronomical Society, and the American Institute of Physics. Through active participation as a Shapley Lecturer and other guest speaker opportunities, Shawl has been an important voice in the pedagogy of applied sciences. He also co-authored a widely used textbook in Introduction to Astronomy courses at several universities, Discovering Astronomy.

After over 30 years as coordinator of the introductory and advanced astronomy laboratory courses, Stephen Shawl entered into phased retirement in 2004 and became Professor Emeritus in 2009 at the University of Kansas.


5 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 1 oversize box, 1 card file box)

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Physical Location

PP 484

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Stephen J. Shawl, 2008, 2019.

Related Materials

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Guide to the Stephen J. Shawl Collection
Personal papers of Stephen J. Shawl
Finding aid prepared by pb, 2009. Finding aid encoded by pb, 2009. Finding aid revised by gem, 2019.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Personal papers of Stephen J. Shawl, University Archives, PP 484, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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