Martha P. Haynes

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Martha P. Haynes
Martha Patricia Haynes

(1951-04-24) April 24, 1951 (age 72)
Alma materWellesley (BSc), Indiana (PhD)
Known forWork mapping the universe with radio telescopes
AwardsHenry Draper Medal (1989)
Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal (2019)
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorMorton Roberts

Martha Patricia Haynes (born 24 April 1951)[1] is an American astronomer who specializes in radio astronomy and extragalactic astronomy. She is the distinguished professor of arts and sciences in astronomy at Cornell University.[2] She has been on a number of high-level committees within the US and International Astronomical Community, including advisory committee for the Division of Engineering and Physical Sciences of the National Academies (2003–2008) and Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Review (in 2010). She was a vice-president of the executive committee of the International Astronomical Union from 2006–2012,[3] and was on the board of trustees of Associated Universities Inc from 1994 until 2016, serving two terms as board chair and one year as interim president.

Academic career[edit]

Haynes graduated from Wellesley College in 1973 with a B.A. in physics and astronomy. She went to Indiana University for graduate school. There she received her M.A. in 1975 and her Ph.D. in 1978. From 1978 until 1981 she worked at the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center when she left to become the assistant director for the Green Bank Telescope. She joined the faculty at Cornell in 1983.[4] There she worked with collaborator Riccardo Giovanelli, using radio telescopes to map the distribution of galaxies in the Universe.

She was co-lead of the ALFALFA survey, having worked with the project (and its predecessor project, the ALFA survey) since the early 2000s.[5]

Together with Riccardo Giovanelli, she worked on the development of the Cerro Chajnantor Atacama Telescope (CCAT) in the mid-1990s, which has led to the construction of the Fred Young Submillimeter Telescope (FYST) on Cerro Chajnantor in northern Chile. She is (as of 2020) the chairman of the board of directors for the CCAT-project.[5]

Honors and awards[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Haynes is married to longtime collaborator Riccardo Giovanelli. They live in Ithaca, New York.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Haynes, M. P., and R. Giovanelli. "Large-Scale Structure in the Local Universe: The Pisces-Perseus Supercluster." In Large-Scale Motions in the Universe, V. C. Rubin and G. F. Coyne, eds. (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1988), 45.
  • Haynes, M. P. "Evidence for Gas Deficiency in Cluster Galaxies." In Clusters of Galaxies, W. R. Oegerle, M. J. Fitchett, and L. Danly, eds. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1990), 177.
  • Vogt, N. P., T. Herter, M. P. Haynes, and S. Courteau. "The Rotation Curves of Galaxies at Intermediate Redshift." Astrophys. J. Lett. 415 (1993).
  • Roberts, M. S., and M. P. Haynes. "Variation of Physical Properties along the Hubble Sequence." Annu. Rev. Astron. Astrophys. 32, 115 (1994).
  • Haynes, M. P., and A. H. Broeils. "Cool HI Disks in Galaxies." In Gas Disks in Galaxies, J. M. van der Hulst, ed. (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1995), to appear.[2]

See also[edit]

  • ALFALFA, an astronomical survey at the Arecibo Observatory


  1. ^ Profile of Martha Patricia Haynes
  2. ^ a b Cornell University Staff Pages Retrieved on March 8, 2009.
  3. ^ "International Astronomical Union | IAU". Retrieved October 19, 2012.
  4. ^ "Vita Martha Patricia Haynes" (PDF). Retrieved February 24, 2011.
  5. ^ a b "Exploring Extragalactic Neighborhoods". Cornell Research. June 10, 2020.
  6. ^ NAS Henry Draper Medal Archived January 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved on March 8, 2009.
  7. ^ "Catherine Wolfe Bruce Gold Medal". ASP. Retrieved October 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "(26744) Marthahaynes". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  10. ^ "Astronomer Martha Haynes awarded Jansky Lectureship | Cornell Center for Astrophysics and Planetary Science Cornell Arts & Sciences".
  11. ^ "AAS Fellows". AAS. Retrieved September 28, 2020.

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