John F. Hawleyjohn f hawley
John F Hawley born 1958 is an American astrophysicist and a professor of astronomy at the University of Virginia In 2013, he shared the Shaw Prize for Astronomy with Steven Balbus
- 1 Early life
- 2 Professional career
- 3 Recognition
- 4 References
- 5 External links
John Hawley was born in 1958 in Annapolis, Maryland He is the younger brother of former astronaut Steven A Hawley and graduated from Central High School in Salina, Kansas
Hawley is a graduate of Haverford College He received his PhD in astronomy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1984
Hawley was a Bantrell Prize Fellow in Theoretical Astrophysics at the California Institute of Technology from 1984 to 1987 He then joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1987 as an assistant professor He was promoted to full professor in 1999 and was chair of the Department of Astronomy from 2006 to 2012 As of 2015, Hawley is the Associate Dean for the Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hawley was the 1993 recipient of the Helen B Warner Prize for Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society  In 2013, he and former colleague Steven Balbus shared the Shaw Prize in Astronomy for their work on the magnetorotational instability MRI Considered one of the highest honors in astronomy, the prize included a US$1 million cash award According to the Shaw selection committee the "discovery and elucidation of the magnetorotational instability MRI" solved the previously "elusive" problem of accretion, a widespread phenomenon in astrophysics and "provides what to this day remains the only viable mechanism for the outward transfer of angular momentum in accretion disks" The Shaw Prize ceremony was held September 23 in Hong Kong
When Hawley learned of the Shaw Prize via email, he thought it was a scam "I started looking for the Nigerian return address and a request for my bank account number," he later joked He also recalled watching late-night kung fu movies made by Run Run Shaw, the prize's founder, and joked that now he would have to buy a good tuxedo rather than wear "the usual astronomer attire – blue jeans and sneakers" On the prize money, he commented "We're just selfless scientists who live for the joy of discovery, but it's nice to get some cash, too"
- ^ a b c d e f Samarrai, Fariss "Astronomer John Hawley Wins 2013 Shaw Prize in Astronomy" University of Virginia
- ^ a b c "Biographical Notes of Laureates" Shaw Prize May 28, 2013 Retrieved June 21, 2013
- ^ a b DeMuth, Gary May 29, 2013 "Former Salinan wins prestigious award for astronomy" Salina Journal Archived from the original on June 17, 2013
- ^ Woo, Meredith Jung-En "John Hawley Appointed as Associate Dean for the Sciences" University of Virginia Archived from the original on 2013-05-30
- ^ American Astronomical Society "Helen B Warner Prize for Astronomy" American Astronomical Society
- ^ "John F Hawley received the 1993 Helen P Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society", Physics Today, 46: R61, 1993, Bibcode:1993PhT46R61, doi:101063/12809037
- ^ "Shaw Prize Press Release" Press release The Shaw Prize May 28, 2013 Retrieved June 21, 2013
- University of Virginia Department of Astronomy
- The Shaw Prize
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