Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research
Research Medal Award Winner
Astronomer Tobias Owen has been with UH Manoa’s Institute for Astronomy for 16 years. He is a respected international leader in planetary exploration and an influential figure in solar system research.
Owen was involved in all of NASA’s major planetary missions over the past 40 years, including the recent planning and launch of the Cassini-Huygens mission to the Saturnian system.
Owen’s recent scientific achievements include the successful return of data from the Huygens Titan probe, the discovery of methane on Mars and determining the importance of deuterium and other isotopes for the history and formation mechanisms of our solar system.
The Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Research is awarded by the Board of Regents in recognition of scholarly contributions that expand the boundaries of knowledge and enrich the lives of students and the community. The board also awards the Regents’ Medal for Excellence in Teaching.
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