Michael Chriss has spent a lifetime in teaching. Before he retired he was Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at San Francisco State University and Professor of Astronomy and Humanities at the College of San Mateo, where he had been teaching since 1966. He received his degrees in astronomy at the University of Arizona with further studies in History of Art and Science at U C Berkeley, Stanford, and Oxford University. He has enjoyed acting in little theater plays, and since Halley's Comets appeared in the skies in 1986, he has lectured about astronomy and other related topics on cruise ships.
Now he is back at the UA Steward Observatory, where he started his astronomical career in 1952 as a freshman majoring in astronomy. At that time he was the only astronomy major. Things have changed since then, and he couldn't be happier to again be a part of it all.