Kuhn first U.S. solar scientist to win Humboldt Award

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Dr. Jeff Kuhn, (808) 956-8968
Astronomer/Associate Director, Maui, Institute for Astronomy
Mrs. Karen Rehbock, (808) 956-6829
Assist to the IFA Director, Institute for Astronomy
Posted: May 20, 2010

Dr. Jeff Kuhn (photo by Karen Teramura)
Dr. Jeff Kuhn (photo by Karen Teramura)
UH Mānoa scientist Dr. Jeff Kuhn has received a senior research award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany on the strength of his cumulative research studying the sun. This is the first time that a solar scientist from the United States has been given the prize.
Kuhn, associate director of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Institute for Astronomy, is responsible for Haleakala Observatories. His research has often focused on finding new ways to understand the solar interior by using observations of its surface made by instruments on the ground and in space. His group recently found that, unlike almost everything else that we measure about the sun, its diameter is constant to better than a few parts in a million.

Kuhn said, “I plan to use this award to develop new models of how and why the solar cycle is so dependent on the death cycle of sunspots.” He added that the physics is not known but critical to understanding how all stars evolve and change, and that “this understanding may ultimately help us predict how and when a changing sun affects earth’s climate.”

UH Mānoa astronomers Rolf-Peter Kudritzki, David Sanders and J. Patrick Henry are previous winners of Humboldt Research Awards.


For more information, visit: http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/info/press-releases/Kuhn-Humboldt