Harold F. Levison

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Harold F. Levison
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Born (1959-03-01) March 1, 1959 (age 58)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nationality United States
Fields Astronomy
Institutions Southwest Research Institute
Alma mater Franklin and Marshall College
Doctoral advisor D. O. Richstone

Harold F. (Hal) Levison is a planetary scientist specializing in planetary dynamics. He currently works at the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, CO, and studies planetary orbits and their evolution through solar system history.

Levison is the Principal Investigator of the Lucy mission to tour multiple Jupiter trojans which was selected as the thirteenth mission in NASA's Discovery Program in January 2017.[1]

Among other achievements, Levison is the co-author of SWIFT, a commonly used symplectic integrator that solves planetary equations of motion for periods of billions of years.[2]

Levison argued for a distinction between what are now called dwarf planets and the other eight planets based on their inability to "clear the neighborhood around their orbits", although his proposal suggested the terms "unterplanet" and "überplanet" and used the word "dwarf" to mean something else.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASA Selects Two Missions to Explore the Early Solar System". January 4, 2017. Retrieved January 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ Dennis Ward (2002). "Solar System Dynamics: Planet V and Lunar Late Heavy Bombardment" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-01-01. 
  3. ^ Stern, S. Alan; Levison, Harold F. (2002). "Regarding the criteria for planethood and proposed planetary classification schemes" (PDF). Highlights of Astronomy. 12: 205–213, as presented at the XXIVth General Assembly of the IAU–2000 [Manchester, UK, 7–18 August 2000].