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James Lattis

James Lattis

History of astronomy and cosmology, observational astronomy, astronomy education, science outreach, science and the arts

Director, UW Space Place; faculty associate, astronomy College of Letters and Science Work: 608-263-0360 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • History of astronomy and cosmology, specializing in the medieval and early modern periods, the age of Galileo, astronomy in Italy and in Wisconsin
  • Observational astronomy in educational and recreational settings, including hobby astronomy, public and park programs, and related equipment
  • Astronomy education for schools from elementary to undergraduate levels, in-service teacher training and public outreach programs


  • Fellow, American Academy in Rome
  • Author, "Between Copernicus and Galileo"
  • Co-founder, UW Space Place
  • Chair, working group on the preservation of astronomical heritage, American Astronomical Society