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flag Chris Crawford,
Amateur Astronomer

Last updated: October 2002
E-Mail: chriscrawford [at]

Brief Biographical Information:

Chris Crawford received an MS in Physics in 1975. After four years teaching, he joined Atari, designing several games before becoming Manager of Games Research, working for Alan Kay. Upon the collapse of Atari in 1984, he became a freelance game designer and designed several games, one of which (Balance of Power) was a best-seller. He founded and chaired the Computer Game Developers' Conference. Crawford has three published books: De Re Atari, The Art of Computer Game Design, and Balance of Power. He has lectured on computer game design in many countries and universities. His current projects include another book, Understanding Interactivity, and a technology for interactive storytelling, for which he holds a US Patent.


Chris Crawford is an active amateur meteor observer, who has specialized in developing interactive devices for meteor observing.

Research on Leonid MAC:

near-real time flux measurements

Chris Crawford will provide the counting tool that will be used during the 1999 Leonid MAC. In his first effort at counting meteors, he detected 85 percent of meteors on pre-observed tapes, while even experienced observers typically detect 60 percent of meteors at their first try.

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