Bruce Hapke

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Bruce William Hapke (born February 17, 1931) is a noted American planetary scientist. An expert in bidirectional reflectance spectroscopy, Hapke has been described by some[who?] as one of the fathers of planetary remote sensing. He was born in Racine, Wisconsin.[1]


Hapke earned his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1953 in physics. He was awarded his Ph. D. in engineering physics from Cornell University in 1962.[2] Hapke was a Research Associate at the Center for Radiophysics and Space Research at Cornell University[2] from 1960-1967. In 1967, he became a professor in the Department of Geology and Planetary Science at the University of Pittsburgh. In the course of his long and distinguished career, Hapke has taken part in Mariner 10, Viking and Apollo missions.[2] He is a past Chairman of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society.[3] Dr. Hapke is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Pittsburgh.[4]

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  1. ^ Who's who in Frontiers of Science and Technology; Marquis Who's Who, 1985 - Scientists
  2. ^ a b c d e "2001 Prize Winners - DPS". Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Department of Geology and Planetary Science". University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Emeritus Faculty". Department of Geology and Planetary Science - University of Pittsburgh. Retrieved 6 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Anand, Mahesh; Lawrence A. Taylor; Mikhail A. Nazarov; J. Shu; H.-K. Mao; Russell J. Hemley (May 4, 2004). "Space Weathering on Airless Planetary Bodies: Clues from the Lunar Mineral Hapkeite". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. National Academy of Sciences. 101 (18): 6847–6851. Bibcode:2004PNAS..101.6847A. doi:10.1073/pnas.0401565101. JSTOR 3372016. 
  6. ^ "PSRD:: Discovery of hapkeite". Retrieved 6 December 2010.