Peter Gillman .
(Photo by Carlye Calvin.)
Veteran solar researcher Peter Gilman (HAO) has won
the prestigious 2006 Hale Prize from the American Astronomical
The AAS recognized Peter “for his unique insights
and substantial scientific achievements in understanding
the dynamics of the solar convection zone and the mechanism
of the Sun’s magnetic dynamo, and for his leadership
and support of solar physics research programs,” according
to the society’s solar physics division. Peter
is the first HAO scientist to be so honored.
Peter’s research focuses on the fluid dynamics
and magneto-fluid dynamics of the Sun, stars, and planets.
His interests include the mechanisms behind sunspots
and the causes of the 11-year solar cycle. Most recently,
he worked with HAO’s Mausumi Dikpati and Giuliana
de Toma to produce a prediction of the next solar cycle.
Peter arrived at NCAR in 1969 and became a senior scientist
in 1973. He has served as HAO director and NCAR associate
director. His extensive community experience includes
leadership roles for a number of solar and astronomical
organizations and sitting on the editorial boards of
Solar Physics and Geophysical and Astrophysical Fluid
“We all know how much we owe Peter for his contributions
to research, education, and leadership,” says
HAO director Michael Knölker. “It is wonderful
to see the outside community fully recognizing all
The AAS awards the Hale Prize every year to a scientist
for outstanding contributions to the field of solar
astronomy. The prize is named for George Ellery Hale
(1868-1938), who was one of the nation’s leading
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