James F. Bell, III

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Jim Bell
Jim Bell IAU09.jpg
Astronomer and Planetary Scientist Jim Bell (Photo Credit: IAU)
Born (1965-07-23) July 23, 1965 (age 49)
Providence, Rhode Island
Nationality USA
Fields Planetary geology
Geochemistry
Mineralogy
Institutions Arizona State University
Cornell University
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
University of Hawaii at Manoa

James (Jim) F. Bell III (born 1965) is a Professor of Astronomy at Arizona State University, specializing in the study of planetary geology, geochemistry and mineralogy using data obtained from telescopes and from various spacecraft missions. Dr. Bell's active research has involved the NASA Mars Pathfinder, Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), Comet Nucleus Tour (CONTOUR), 2001 Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Mars Science Laboratory missions. His book Postcards from Mars [1] includes many images taken by the Mars rovers. Dr. Bell is currently an editor of the space science journal Icarus[2] and president of The Planetary Society.[3] He has served as the lead scientist in charge of the Panoramic camera (Pancam) color imaging system[4] on Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

Education[edit]

Bell earned his B.S. degree in Planetary Science and Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 1987. He earned his M.S. degree in Geology and Geophysics in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Planetary Geosciences in 1992 from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Career[edit]

Bell is an active planetary scientist and has been involved in many NASA robotic space exploration missions. As a professional scientist, he has published over 30 first-authored and 140 co-authored scientific research papers and over 400 short abstracts and conference presentations. Bell has also written and edited several books about Mars and the Moon. He is active in educating the public about space exploration. He is a frequent contributor to popular astronomy and science magazines, has made a number of television appearances on major network and cable channels, and gives free public lectures. He is currently a professor at the Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration[5] and an Adjunct Professor at the Cornell University Astronomy Department's Center for Radiophysics and Space Research.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

Bell has received a number of awards and honors during his career. Most recently, he was awarded the 2011 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society Division for Planetary Sciences, for excellence in public communication in planetary sciences. Jim has also received NASA Group Achievement Awards for his part in the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER) 3rd and 4th extended missions and the Phoenix Mission Support Team. In 2007 he was named a United States National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow, and in 1996 he was awarded the asteroid name 8146 Jimbell by the International Astronomical Union (IAU)[7] in his honor.

Selected works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Postcards from Mars | Jim Bell". Postcardsfrommarsbook.com. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  2. ^ "ICARUS, International Journal of Solar System Studies". Icarus.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  3. ^ "The Planetary Society". Planetary.org. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  4. ^ "NASA - NSSDC - Experiment - Details". Nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov. doi:10.1029/2003JE002070. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  5. ^ "Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration". 
  6. ^ "About Cornell Astronomy". Astro.cornell.edu. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 
  7. ^ "International Astronomical Union". IAU. Retrieved 2010-12-20. 

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