Hartmann, William K(enneth) 1939-

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HARTMANN, William K(enneth) 1939-

PERSONAL: Born June 6, 1939, in New Kensington, PA; son of Ernest C. (an engineer) and Erdys C. (Carmichael) Hartmann; married Gayle G. Harrison (an editor), March 22, 1970; children: Amy. Education: Pennsylvania State University, B.S., 1961; University of Arizona, M.S., 1965, Ph.D., 1966.

ADDRESSES: Home—2224 East 4th St., Tucson, AZ 85719. Office—Planetary Science Institute, 620 North 6th Ave., Tucson, AZ 85705-8331. E-mail—[email protected].

CAREER: University of Arizona, Tucson, assistant professor of astronomy, 1966-70; IIT Research Institute, Tucson, AZ, research scientist, 1969-71, senior scientist, 1971-72; Science Applications International Corp., Tucson, senior scientist at Planetary Science Institute, 1972-95; Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, senior scientist at San Juan Research Institute, 1995—. University of Hawaii, visiting associate professor, 1975; member of affiliated faculty, University of Hawaii—Hilo, 1990, and University of Arizona, 1993. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, investigator for 1971 Mariner 9 Mars Mission, 1971-72, and Mars Observer Mission, 1991, member of imaging team for U.S. Mars Global Surveyor Mission, 1996, and investigator for Russian Mars 96 Mission; National Research Council, member of committee on planetary exploration, 1984-87; consultant to Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and House Select Committee on Assassinations. Painter of astronomical scenes, with work represented in books and exhibitions. Member of Tucson Advisory Committee on Air Pollution, 1970-71, and Pima County Air Pollution Advisory Committee, beginning 1975.

MEMBER: American Astronomical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science (fellow), Society of Southwestern Authors.

AWARDS, HONORS: Nininger Meteorite Award, Arizona State University, 1965, for research on meteorites and the early history of the solar system; Carl Sagan Memorial Award, American Astronomical Society, 1998; cowinner of Rucorn-Florensky Medal, European Geophysical Society, 2002; Asteroid 3341 was named Hartmann in honor of the author's research on the evolution of the solar system.


Moon and Planets, Wadsworth (New York, NY), 1972, 4th edition, 1998.

(With Odell Raper) The New Mars, U.S. Government Printing Office (Washington, DC), 1974.

Astronomy: The Cosmic Journey, Wadsworth (New York, NY), 1977, 6th edition, 2002.

(With Daid F. Tver and Lloyd Motz) Dictionary of Astronomy, Space, and Atmospheric Phenomena, Van Nostrand Reinhold, (New York, NY), 1979.

(And illustrator; with Ron Miller) The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1981.

(Editor, with R. J. Phillips and G. J. Taylor) Origin of the Moon, Lunar and Planetary Institute (Houston, TX), 1986.

Out of the Cradle: Exploring the Frontiers beyond Earth, illustrated by Hartmann, Ron Miller, and Pamela Lee, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1984.

Cycles of Fire: Stars, Galaxies, and the Wonder of Deep Space, illustrated by Hartmann, Ron Miller, Pamela Lee, and Tom Miller, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1987.

(And photographer) Desert Heart: Chronicles of the Sonoran Desert, Fischer Books (Tucson, AZ), 1989.

(Coeditor) In the Stream of Stars: The Soviet/American Space Art Book, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1990.

The Cosmic Voyage: Through Time and Space, Wadsworth (Belmont, CA), 1990.

The History of Earth: An Illustrated Chronicle of an Evolving Planet, illustrated by Hartmann and Ron Miller, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 1991.

The American Desert, Crown Publishers (New York, NY), 1991.

Mars Underground (novel), Tor Books (New York, NY), 1997.

(With Chris Impey) The Universe Revealed, Brooks/Cole (Pacific Grove, CA), 2000.

(Editor, with R. Kellenbach and J. Geiss) Chronology and Evolution of Mars, Kluwer Academic (Boston, MA), 2001.

Cities of Gold: A Novel of the Ancient and Modern Southwest, Forge (New York, NY), 2002.

A Traveler's Guide to Mars, Workman Publishing (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributor of articles and paintings to astronomy journals and other magazines, including Scientific American and Natural History. Associate editor, Journal of Geophysical Research, 1974-77; member of editorial advisory board, Astronomy.

SIDELIGHTS: William K. Hartmann once wrote: "By background I am an astronomer with research interests in the origin and early evolution of the planets, and the possibility of planets and life elsewhere in the universe. In my writing, I have tried to communicate some of the excitement of current space exploration to the public. This is important because many scientists are not motivated to do it at all, and because we live in an age that threatens to exchange exploration and discovery for mysticism and magic. My writings stress the reflection of space discovery back onto a new perception of earth's environment."



Kirkus Reviews, October 15, 2002, review of Cities of Gold: A Novel of the Ancient and Modern Southwest, p. 1495.

Odyssey, December, 1999, Stephen James O'Meara, "Five Steps Beyond: An Interview with Carl Sagan Memorial Award Winner William K. Hartmann," p. 20.

SciTech Book News, March, 2002, review of The Cosmic Journey, p. 49.


Planetary Science Institute: Bill Hartmann's Home Page,http://www.psi.edu/hartmann (November 15, 2004).*

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