Curiosity Expert: Dr. Jeff Hall
Astronomer, Director, Lowell Observatory
Jeffrey Hall serves as Director of Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. He received a B.A. in Physics in 1986 from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics in 1991 from Pennsylvania State University.
He joined the staff at Lowell in 1992 as a postdoctoral fellow involved with a long-term project dedicated to observations of the Sun and Sun-like stars. This program, inspired in part by a complementary program operated from 1966-2003 at Mount Wilson Observatory near Los Angeles, is designed to provide insights on the long-term behavior of the Sun by using the variations of its closest stellar cousins as a guide. Hall is dedicated to public appreciation of science and astronomy; for several years he managed Lowell's education and outreach programs and he enjoys giving public talks on stellar astronomy, the nature of Sun-like stars, and solar effects on terrestrial climate.
When not doing astronomy or non-profit management, he pursues his principal avocation of music, moonlighting as a church organist and creating online synthesizer albums including a collection of original ragtime, a complete performance of Bach's Art of Fugue, and a 50-minute orchestral realization of Terry Riley's minimalist classic In C. He and his wife have three boys, 16, 14, and 12.