(Arizona State University)
Jeff Hester received both his B.A. (1980; Physics)
and Ph.D. (1985, Space Physics and Astronomy) from
Rice University in Texas. Dr. Hester is currently
a Professor at the School of Earth and Space Exploration
at Arizona State University, where he has taught
Jeff Hester uses astronomical techniques to explore
the interstellar medium in the Milky Way and external
galaxies; structure of the diffuse ISM; interstellar
shock waves; supernova remnants; nebulae, pulsar
wind interactions; and stars ranging from low mass
to massive. Some of the best known Hubble images
are attributed to science data taken by Dr. Hester
Dr. James Westphal ("Jim") was
a major contributor to Hubble optical images as
well as the Wide Field/Planetary Camera and Wide
Field Planetary Camera 2 detectors onboard Hubble.
His dedication to the science of astronomy is deeply
appreciated by the Hubble Heritage Project.
"James A. Westphal, who parlayed a bachelor's
degree into a major scientific career as a professor
at the California Institute of Technology, a leader
of one of the original instrument teams on the
Hubble Space Telescope, the director of Palomar
Observatory, and the co-discoverer of intricacies
in the mechanisms that drive Old Faithful..."
Introduction from Caltech press Release on the
Passing of Astronomer and Inventor, Jim Westphal.
For full text, visit the Caltech