Jack Harvey

DCC Visiting Research Scholar

John (Jack) Harvey received B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of California and a 1969 Ph.D. in Astro-Geophysics from the University of Colorado. His research specialty is observational study of the physics of the Sun, which he has been doing professionally since 1959. Since 1969 he conceived and built several instruments for magnetic and helioseismic solar research while on the staff of the National Solar Observatory and its predecessors. Those topics were the majority of his published research. After retirement in 2018, he is still active as an Astronomer Emeritus in NSO. He also has an appointment as Visiting Research Scholar in the Lunar & Planetary Lab of the University of Arizona. His most recent instrumental work has been on a team that designed a small spacecraft to measure the magnetic and velocity fields of the Sun’s polar regions. He has authored more than 250 refereed research publications and is a past editor of the international journal Solar Physics. He served as Chairperson of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society, President of Solar Commission 12 of the International Astronomical Union, and on many national and international personnel, planning, and organizational review panels. Honors include the 1991 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal, the National Science Foundation Antarctic Service Medal, the 1999 American Astronomical Society George Ellery Hale Prize, the 2011 Arctowski Medal of the National Academy of Sciences, and being named as an inaugural Fellow of the American Astronomical Society. A mountain in Antarctica and an asteroid have his name attached to them.