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May 2006

Peter Gilman wins Hale Prize

Peter Gilman
Peter Gilman. (Photo by Carlye Calvin.)

Veteran solar researcher Peter Gilman (HAO) has won the prestigious 2006 Hale Prize from the American Astronomical Society.

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 Dynamics.

“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 of this.”

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 astronomers.

• by David Hosansky

In this issue...

Notes from the field: Turbulence and pollution

Terrorism and climate change

New program is a star

Peter Gilman wins Hale Prize

At the helm of ESSL

New Digital Image Library

Just One Look


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