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Lowell Names New Director

22 Dec 2010, 21:44 UTC
Lowell Names New Director
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Dr. Jeffrey Hall has been named Director of Lowell Observatory, becoming the 11th director in the Observatory’s 116-year history. Hall accepted the appointment by Sole Trustee of Lowell Observatory, William Putnam, who explained that “Dr. Hall is a solar astronomer of considerable reputation. He has been Deputy Director for the last five years and has my fullest confidence.” Hall has also served as Acting Director since June. Hall received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Pennsylvania State University in 1991 and has been involved in long term research of the Sun and Sun-like stars since joining the Lowell staff in 1992.
“There’s some old statement about ‘interesting times,’ and it certainly is that at Lowell, especially with a $50,000,000 project approaching completion” explained Hall. “Lowell Observatory’s Discovery Channel Telescope (DCT) is forcing us to change and grow rapidly, and that’s always difficult. We want that change to be positive not only for us and our partners at Discovery but, through the DCT’s uniquely high profile, for Flagstaff and northern Arizona as well. Looking at our staff, I couldn’t imagine a better group of people to make that happen.”
The Discovery Channel Telescope is scheduled to see “first light” late next year ...

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