Kim Malville
Professor Emeritus of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences

Dr. Malville obtained his BS in physics from Caltech, after which he spent a year in the Antarctic investigating the aurora australis during the International Geophysical Year. He received a PhD in radio astronomy and solar physics from the University of Colorado. His first teaching position was at the University of Michigan where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in physics. Returning to Boulder he was on the research staff of the High Altitude Observatory and then he moved the University of Colorado where he served as Chair of the Department of Astro-Geophysics, Director of the Honors Program in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). His research interests have ranged from the aurora, solar physics, and, more recently, archaeoastronomy. In 1997, he was a member of the team that discovered the world’s oldest known megalithic astronomy at Nabta Playa near Abu Simbel in southern Egypt, and in 2003 he was involved in the rediscovery of the sun temple of Llactapata, previously lost in a cloud forest near Machu Picchu. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In 2014, he received the Carlos Jaschek Award from the Sociétè Européenne pour Astronomie dans la Culture for his work in archaeoastronomy. Books he has authored or edited include: A Feather for Daedalus: Explorations in Science and Myth; The Fermenting Universe; Prehistoric Astronomy in the Southwest; Ancient Cities, Sacred Skies: Cosmic Geometries and City Planning in Ancient India;; Canyon Spirits: Beauty and Power in the Ancestral Puebloan World, and most recently, "Machu Picchu's Sacred Sisters: Astronomy, Symbolism, and Sacred Landscapes in the Inca Heartland."