Professor Richard Conn Henry
Dick Henry is a Professor in the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at The Johns Hopkins University , where he is also Director of Maryland Space Grant Consortium, and Member of the Principal Professional Staff, Applied Physics Laboratory. From 1998 until July 2000, Dick Henry was Chair of the National Council of Space Grant Directors, and he has also served as Board Member and Treasurer of the National Space Grant Foundation. From 1976 to 1978 he was Deputy Director of the Astrophysics Division of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA. He is a past Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow. He was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1940, and he became a U. S. citizen in 1973.
Dick Henry was graduated from Ridley College in 1957, and obtained a B.Sc. (1961) at University College, University of Toronto, where he won the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Gold Medal. He obtained an M.A. in 1962, and a Ph.D. at Princeton University in 1967.
He has been a Research Associate at the Institute for Advanced Study, a research physicist at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, and a Lecturer at the Latin American School of Space Research in Argentina. He has conducted astronomical investigations at Kitt Peak National Observatory in Arizona, and at both Las Campanas and Cerro Tololo Interamerican Observatories in Chile, and has participated in many rocket-astronomy experiments. Hey, so Dick is a rocket scientist. He has made observations using the Copernicus and IUE satellites and also the Hubble Space Telescope and the Mariner 9 spacecraft (at Mars), and was a co-investigator on Apollo 17 and also on the Apollo-Soyuz mission, and was a co-investigator on the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope. He was a Principal Investigator in the study of the lunar material, and he is the Principal Investigator for the Hopkins Ultraviolet Background Explorer (HUBE) , which was selected in 1996 April as a NASA MIDEX program alternate project. HUBE as of 2001 has become a part of a proposed round-three MIDEX mission, BEST.
He has participated in eclipse expeditions to Quebec (in 1972), India (1980) and East Africa (1973 and 1980). He was a member of the group which discovered the first x-ray pulsar. Dr. Henry has more than one hundred and seventy publications (now with live links), on topics including theoretical astrophysics, observational astronomy, radio astronomy, ultraviolet astronomy, and x-ray astronomy. For more information, please consult Henry's cv.
Dick Henry has taught a distance-learning course, "Stars and the Universe", as well as the same course in the classroom simultaneously. Dick Henry has also taught a Post-Graduate Seminar and Statistical Physics and Thermodynamics, as well as Introduction to Astrophysics . His recently-taught courses include Stars and the Universe and General Physics.
For many years, Dick Henry organized the BAAS submissions for the Johns Hopkins University.