Fekel received his B.S. in astronomy at Case Western Reserve University in 1968. He received his M.A. in Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 only to receive his PhD at the same university four years later.
For his first few years out of the University, Fekel was an NRC Research Associate at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center. He spent a few more years on an individual NSF research grant before becoming an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University. Soon after, he was reinstated as an NRC Senior Research Associate for the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. Finally, he came to Tennessee State University as a Visiting Astrophysicist and Research Specialist for the Center of Excellence in Information Systems' Automated Astronomy Group.
As a member of the International Astronomical Union (Commissions 26, 30, and 42), the American Astronomical Society, and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, his areas of research include chromospherically active stars, spectroscopy of multiple star systems, stellar properties (distances, masses, luminosities, and rotational velocities), the lithium abundances/ages of late-type stars, and ultraviolet spectroscopy.
Publications via Astrophysics Data System; (at least 304 available)
Publications via Microsoft AcademicSearch; (at least 207 available) (at least 65 available)