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Jeff Hester

Jeff Hester

(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 since 1991.

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 and collaborators.


James Westphal

James Westphal

(1930-2004)

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 Press Release.