Harold Y. McSween
|Harry "Hap" Younger McSween|
September 29, 1945 |
Charlotte, North Carolina
|Institutions||University of Tennessee at Knoxville|
|Alma mater||University of Georgia, Harvard|
|Thesis||Petrologic and chemical studies of the (C3) carbonaceous meteorites (1977)|
|Doctoral advisor||John A. Wood|
|Notable awards||Leonard Medal, Leconte medal, Fellow medal, J. Lawrence Smith Medal|
Harry "Hap" Y. McSween is a Professor of Planetary Geoscience and Distinguished Professor of Science at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He specializes in meteorites, particularly chondrites, and studies them to understand the formation of the solar system, in the process, publishing hundreds of papers on the cosmochemistry, mineralogy, and petrology of those meteorites. McSween has also published a number of books on the subject.
Harry Y. McSween was born September 29, 1945 in North Carolina. After finishing school he attended the military undergraduate public Citadel College. He then pursued his M.S. at the University of Georgia, where he graduated in 1969. The title of his thesis was "Petrological and geochemical studies in the Coronaca area, Greenwood County, South Carolina". He then joined the Air Force where he was in charge of flying cargo, mail and sometimes troops around the world.
After his military service he went on to Harvard, where he became John A. Woods graduate student. It was here that Edward Stolper and him came up with the idea that some meteorites might originate from mars. He became involved with the Mars Pathfinder mission in 1997 as a member of the science team, then on the team for Mars Global Surveyor. Since then McSween has been a co-investigator on both the Mars Odyssey and Mars Exploration Rovers missions. He will also be a co-investigator for the upcoming Dawn Mission.
McSween has been President of the Meteoritical Society, Chair of the Planetary Division of the Geological Society of America, and a Councilor of the Geological Society of America. He also is a member on several advisory committees for NASA and the National Research Council.
- McSween, Harry Y. (1993). Stardust to planets : a geological tour of the solar system (1. Aufl. ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. ISBN 978-0312093945.
- McSween, Harry Y. (1999). Meteorites and their parent planets (2. ed. ed.). Cambridge [u.a.]: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521583039.
- Uhle, Harry Y. McSween, Jr., Steven M. Richardson, Maria E. (2003). Geochemistry : pathways and processes (2. ed. ed.). New York, NY [u.a.]: Columbia Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0231124409.
- D. S. Lauretta, H. Y. McSween, Jr., ed. (2006). Meteorites and the early solar system II. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. ISBN 978-0816525621.
- Huss, Harry Y. McSween, Jr., Gary R. (2010). Cosmochemistry. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521878623.
Peer-reviewed journal articles
He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed journal articles, of which the most cited are:
- What we have learned about Mars from SNC meteorites by McSween Jr, H.Y. Meteoritics Volume 29, Issue 6, 1994, Pages 757-779 cited 282 times
- The chemical composition of martian soil and rocks returned by the mobile alpha proton x-ray spectrometer: Preliminary results from the x-ray mode" by Rieder, R.a, Economou, T., Wänke, H., Turkevich, A., Crisp, J.c, Brückner, J., Dreibus, G., McSween Jr., H.Y. Science Volume 278, Issue 5344, 5 December 1997, Pages 1771-1774, cited 227 times
- Drake, Michael J. (1 January 2002). "2001 Leonard Medal Citation for Harry Y. McSween, Jr.". Meteoritics & Planetary Science 37 (1): 5–6. doi:10.1111/j.1945-5100.2002.tb00792.x.
- McSween, H.Y., Jr.; E.M. Stolper (1980). "Basaltic meteorites and their parent planets". Scientific American 242: 54–63.
- "Harry Y. McSween at UTK". UTK.