Jane Luu was the featured speaker at Stellafane, VT on Aug.3,2011
|Born||July 1963 (age 52–53)
|Institutions||Harvard University, Lincoln Laboratory at MIT.|
|Alma mater||Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Thesis||Physical Studies of Primitive Solar System Bodies (1992 )|
|Doctoral advisor||David Jewitt|
|Known for||Discovery the Kuiper belt|
|Notable awards||Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy (1991)
Shaw Prize (2012)
Kavli Prize (2012)
Luu immigrated to the United States as a refugee in 1975, when the South Vietnamese government fell. She and her family settled in Kentucky, where she had relatives. A visit to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory inspired her to study astronomy. She attended Stanford University, receiving her bachelor's degree in 1984.
Work as a graduate student and co-discovery of the Kuiper Belt
As a graduate student at the University of California at Berkeley and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she worked with David C. Jewitt to discover the Kuiper Belt. In 1992, after five years of observation, they found the first known Kuiper Belt object other than Pluto and its largest moon Charon, using the University of Hawaii's 2.2 meter telescope on Mauna Kea. This object is (15760) 1992 QB1, which she and Jewitt nicknamed "Smiley". The American Astronomical Society awarded Luu the Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy in 1991. In 1992, Luu received a Hubble Fellowship from the Space Telescope Science Institute and chose the University of California, Berkeley as a host institution. The asteroid 5430 Luu is named in her honor. She received her PhD in 1992 at MIT.
After receiving her doctorate, Luu worked as a professor at Harvard University, since 1994. Luu also served as a professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Following her time in Europe, Luu returned to the United States and works on instrumentation as a Senior Scientist at Lincoln Laboratory at MIT.
In December 2004, Luu and Jewitt reported the discovery of crystalline water ice on Quaoar, which was at the time the largest known Kuiper Belt object. They also found indications of ammonia hydrate. Their report theorized that the ice likely formed underground, becoming exposed after a collision with another Kuiper Belt object sometime in the last few million years.
In 2012, she won (along with David C. Jewitt of the University of California at Los Angeles) the Shaw Prize "for their discovery and characterization of trans-Neptunian bodies, an archeological treasure dating back to the formation of the solar system and the long-sought source of short period comets"  and the Kavli Prize (shared with Jewitt and Michael E. Brown) “for discovering and characterizing the Kuiper Belt and its largest members, work that led to a major advance in the understanding of the history of our planetary system.”.
Luu enjoys traveling, and has worked for Save the Children in Nepal. She enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and plays the cello. She met her husband, Ronnie Hoogerwerf, who is also an astronomer, while in Leiden.
Honors, awards and accolades
- 1991 Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy
- 2012 Shaw Prize in Astronomy 
- 2012 Kavli Prize in Astrophysics 
- The asteroid 5430 Luu is named in her honor.
- She is a fellow of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
- NASA Astrophysics Data System publication listing, Over 200 publications are listing
- Luu, Jane; D.C. Jewitt & C. Trujillo (2000). "Water ice in 2060 Chiron and its implications for Centaurs and Kuiper Belt objects". Astrophysical Journal. 531 (2): L151–L154. arXiv:. Bibcode:2000ApJ...531L.151L. doi:10.1086/312536. PMID 10688775.
- Luu, Jane; D.C. Jewitt (1998). "Deep Imaging of the Kuiper Belt with the Keck 10-Meter Telescope". Astrophysical Journal. 502: L91–L94. Bibcode:1998ApJ...502L..91L. doi:10.1086/311490.
- Luu, Jane; B. Marsden; D.C. Jewitt; C. Trujillo; C. Hegenrother; J. Chen & W. Offutt (1997). "A New Dynamical Class of Object in the Outer Solar System". Nature. 387 (6633): 573. Bibcode:1997Natur.387..573L. doi:10.1038/42413.
- Luu, Jane; D.C. Jewitt (1996). "Color Diversity among the Centaurs and Kuiper Belt Objects". Astronomical Journal. 112: 2310–2318. Bibcode:1996AJ....112.2310L. doi:10.1086/118184.
- Luu, Jane; D.C. Jewitt (1992). "High Resolution Surface Brightness Profiles of Near-Earth Asteroids". Icarus. 97 (2): 276–287. Bibcode:1992Icar...97..276L. doi:10.1016/0019-1035(92)90134-S.
- Luu, Jane (1991). "CCD Photometry and Spectroscopy of Outer Jovian Satellites". Astronomical Journal. 102: 1213–1225. Bibcode:1991AJ....102.1213L. doi:10.1086/115949.
- Crystalline Ice on Kuiper Belt Object (50000) Quaoar (article co-written with David Jewitt, published in the December 9, 2004 issue of Nature)
- The Shape Distribution of Kuiper Belt Objects (paper co-written with Pedro Lacerda, June 2003)
- Comet Impact on McMaster (presentation summary, November 2001)
- Accretion in the Early Kuiper Belt I. Coagulation and Velocity Evolution (paper co-written with Scott J. Kenyon, published in May 1998 Astronomical Journal)
- Optical and Infrared Reflectance Spectrum of Kuiper Belt Object 1996 TL66 (paper co-written with D.C. Jewitt, January 1998)
- Graduate Student Advisees by David Jewitt
- Hữu Thiện, Jane Lưu lên núi ngắm sao..., Vietnamnet, 2004
- Bartusiak, Marcia (February 1996). "The Remarkable Odyssey of Jane Luu" (PDF). Astronomy. 24: 46. Bibcode:1996Ast....24...46B. Autobiography of Jane Luu 17 September 2012
- An Interview With...Jane Luu, 21 March 2003
- May/June 1998 Feature Alum, Jane Luu, '84. CLASS NOTABLE: JANE LUU, '84, Scoping the Cosmos By Erika Check, '99
- The Kuiper Belt Michael E. Brown, Physics Today, doi:10.1063/1.1752422
- University of Hawaii 2.2-meter telescope - Public Information Richard J. Wainscoat
- John Keith Davies (2001). Beyond Beyond Pluto: Exploring the Outer Limits of the Solar System. Cambridge University Press. p. 219.
- Marquis Who's Who. 2006.
- Chang, Kenneth (December 9, 2004). "Astronomers Entertain Visions of Icy Volcanoes in Faraway Places". The New York Times. pp. A33.
- The 2012 Shaw Prize
- Dresselhaus, Graybiel, Luu receive 2012 Kavli Prizes - MIT News Office
- The Shaw Prize in Astronomy 2012 29 May 2012
- Kavli Prize 2012
- John Keith Davies (2001). Beyond Pluto: Exploring the Outer Limits of the Solar System. Cambridge University Press. p. 219. Retrieved 2012-06-01.
- "Gruppe 2: Astronomi, fysikk og geofysikk" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
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