James Head

The Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences
Brown University

Dr. James W. Head III is the Louis and Elizabeth Scherck Distinguished Professor of Geological Sciences in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences at Brown University.

From 1968 to 1972, while serving at NASA Headquarters, Head participated in the selection of landing sites for the Apollo program, training Astronaut crews in geology and surface exploration, mission operations in Houston during lunar surface exploration, and in preliminary analysis of the returned samples.

Head researches the study of geological processes that form and modify the surfaces, crusts and lithospheres of planets, how these processes vary with time, and how such processes interact to produce the historical geological record preserved on the planets. He also researches volcanism, tectonism and glaciation, and been involved in field studies on active volcanoes in Hawaii and at Mt. St. Helens. He has worked with volcanic deposits on the seafloor with three deep-sea submersible dives, and participated in five field seasons in the Antarctic Dry Valleys, and one in the Arctic.

Head served as a delegate on the US/USSR Joint Working Group on Solar System Exploration, the NASA delegation to the Interagency Consultative Group, and on the NASA Advisory Council Task Force on International Relations. He was a founding member of the International Space University, and in 1989 was inducted into the International Academy of Astronautics. He has worked closely with Soviet and Russian space scientists and is the Co-convener of the Brown University/Vernadsky Institute (Moscow) Symposia, now in its 28th year. He has been elected a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and was awarded the Penrose Medal, the highest award of the Geological Society of America, “In recognition of eminent research in pure geology, for outstanding original contributions or achievements that mark a major advance in the science of geology”, and the NASA SSERVI Shoemaker Distinguished Lunar Scientist Medal, “For significant contributions to the field of lunar science throughout the course of their scientific career” He is presently an Investigator on NASA’s US Lunar Laser Altimeter (LOLA) on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission, NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI) and ESA’s Mars Express mission (HRSC).

He has published over 750 papers: http://www.planetary.brown.edu/html_pages/headpubs.htm
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=GgICCQIAAAAJ&hl=en.

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