Louise Harra

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Louise Harra is a British physicist, born in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. She graduated from Queen's University, Belfast with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Maths and Physics and a PhD in Physics. She is professor of solar physics at University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory.[1][2]

Research interests[edit]

Harra's research interests include:

Space missions[edit]

Harra has been involved in a number of space missions in her career. These include:

  • The Japanese/US/UK space mission Yohkoh, Instrument Scientist based in Japan.
  • The JAXA/NASA/UK/ESA mission Hinode, Prinicpal Investigator of the EUV Imaging Spectrometer.
  • The ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter mission, co-Principal Investigator for the EUV Imager.


Harra has given radio and TV interviews. These include:


  • 2016: Daiwa-Adrian prize for UK-Japan research.
  • 2015: RAS group achievement award for the Hinode EIS instrument.
  • 2014: The Sir Arthur Clarke Award, Space Achievement (Academic Study/Research) for her leadership in the UK and internationally of the exploitation of data from the Japanese Hinode spacecraft and her leadership of the upcoming EUI telescope on Solar Orbiter..[4]
  • 2014: The Royal Astronomical Society's Chapman Medal, for single investigations of outstanding merit in solar-terrestrial physics, including geomagnetism and aeronomy.[5]


  1. ^ "Louise Harra". ucl.ac.uk. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Iris View Profile". iris.ucl.ac.uk. Retrieved 22 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "In Our Time Interview on The Sun". 
  4. ^ "Winners of the 2014 awards". 
  5. ^ "Winners of the 2014 awards, medals and prizes - full details". ras.org.uk. 2014. Retrieved 22 July 2014. Awards, Medals and Prizes