Michael Kurtz is an astronomer and computer scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which he joined after receiving a Ph.D. in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1982. Kurtz is the author or co-author of over 300 technical articles and abstracts on subjects ranging from cosmology and extra-galactic astronomy to data reduction and archiving techniques to information systems and text retrieval algorithms.
Kurtz has been with the ADS project since its inception. He is the ADS project scientist emeritus.
- 2001 George Van Biesbroeck Award “for the visionary design of the Astrophysics Data System,” American Astronomical Society
- 2000 ISI-ASIST Citation Research Award, American Society for Information Science and Technology
- Fellow Astrophysics Division, American Physical Society
- Fellow Section T, Computer, Communication and Information Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science