Hugh R. Anderson
Athena Principal Investigator
Senior Research Scientist, SAIC
Affiliate Professor, Geophysics Program, University of Washington.
|Phone: (425) 482-3310 or 485-5800
Fax: (425) 485-5566
- B.A. Physics 1954 University of Iowa
- M.S. Physics 1958 University of Iowa
- Ph.D. Physics 1961 California Institute of Technology
I was born and went to high school in Iowa City, the home town of the State
University of Iowa, where my father was professor of botany. After two years
at Iowa State College in Ames I returned to Iowa City to finish a BA and MS in
physics at the state university. In 1965 I moved to Pasadena to attend Caltech
where I completed a Ph.D. working on cosmic rays during the International
Geophysical Year. This work with balloon-borne instruments took me to
Greenland and the Antarctic by plane and icebreaker.
While a graduate student I worked part time at the Jet Propulsion Lab and
continued there during active duty in the USAF from 1960-62 and as a civilian
employee until 1965. This period saw the start of NASA and was a time of
unlimited possibility and optimism in the space program. I worked on and built
instruments for the early interplanetary spacecraft, Mariners 1-4.
In 1965 I joined the faculty of Rice University's Space Physics Department in
Houston, newly formed with NASA help in 1963. While there I continued cosmic
ray work, studied the aurora borealis using instrumented sounding rockets, and
then added work on particle beams in the laboratory. Seeking higher latitudes
and cooler temperatures I resigned a (full) professorship and joined SAIC in
1981 in order to live in Seattle. I started the Space Physics Group there and
have continued work in experimental space physics.
Interests, Activities, and Plans
During this odyssey I've graduated from a sliderule to computers and have
learned to build instruments and payloads for space. My particular scientific
interest has been the space environment with emphasis on ionizing radiation and
its effects. I also initiated the Athena project to create
instructional material for K-12 based on scientific data sets.
Other Interesting Things
My wife and I live in Woodinville with two children still in Northshore
schools, two cats, a dog, and some chickens. A third child is in college.
For recreation we camp and hike. We own a Cessna-180 airplane for travel and
camping. I also play the violin a little, rather less well than I fly.
Mon 16 June 1997