Tom Hartquist studied at Harvard where he later worked as a postdoctoral fellow. In 1980 he was awarded a Royal Society Jaffe Donation Fellowship to conduct research in University College London. Subsequently, he became a senior scientist in a Max Planck Institute, part of what is generally considered the leading European scientific establishment outside the UK. His first work in astrophysics was in cosmology, but he became more fascinated in problems concerning how molecules regulate stellar birth and stellar death and how magnetic fields affect the dynamics of astrophysical sources. He has worked on the acceleration of cosmic rays and how they contribute to the support of plasma high above the disk of the Galaxy, atmospheric physics, lightning in the protoSolar nebula, starburst galaxies and many other topics. He has edited and authored several highly regarded books for Cambridge and Oxford University Presses.
Here are some web pointers to wet your appetite;
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lBiU-mMfxzU - A YouTube preview of Prof. Hartquist
- http://www.ast.leeds.ac.uk/staff/hartquist.html - University webpage with links to his publications
- http://www.ast.leeds.ac.uk/research/starplanetform.html - Leeds University page on Star and Planetary Formation
- http://www.nrao.edu/index.php/learnsciencestarandplanetformation - Article from the NRAO on Star and Planet Formation
Hope to see many of you there.