March 13, 2013 Solar Magnetic Storms and Space Weather
W. Jeffrey Hughes is a Professor of Astronomy and former Chair of the Department of Astronomy at Boston University. He is the Director of the Center for Integrated Space Weather Modeling, which is an NSF Science and Technology Center.
Dr. Hughes’ is an international expert on the dynamics of the Earth’s magnetosphere and its interactions with the solar wind and the ionosphere – what is known as space weather. He received his Ph.D. and D.I.C. in Space Physics in 1974 from the Imperial College, University of London. He joined the Astronomy Department at Boston University in 1978.
Professor Hughes has chaired the NSF Geospace Environment Modeling Steering Committee and served on prestigious committees for the American Geophysical Union and American Institute of Physics, and he served also as Associate Editor for the Journal of Geophysical Research.
Although he has has a long list of professional publications and many prestigious associations, Dr. Hughes also has a great reputation as a teacher and communicator of his field, space weather. And he is a great advocate of making this field accessible to the general public.