Gibor Basri

professor of astronomy

Gibor Basri served as UC Berkeley's first vice chancellor for equity and inclusion from 2007 to November, 2015. In this role, he oversaw the campus's numerous efforts to recruit, retain, promote and provide a welcoming environment for a broad diversity of faculty, students and staff. An astrophysicist by training, Basri joined the astronomy department faculty in 1982. His area of expertise is star formation and stellar activity, and he was a discoverer of "brown dwarfs” (stars without sufficient mass to have a stable brightness). He served as acting chair of the department in 2006-2007 and in 2015. He is a fellow of the California Academy of Science. Over his years on the Berkeley faculty, Basri became increasingly involved in science education and encouraging the participation of minorities in science — efforts that were recognized by the Chancellor's Award for Advancing Institutional Excellence. Basri has served on a number of boards, including the Chabot Space and Science Center, the "I Have a Dream, Oakland” Foundation and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.