F r a n k  H i l l
Astronomer
National Solar Observatory, Kitt Peak

Let's Get Personal

I live on the outskirts of Tucson, in the Sonoran desert with my wife Cheryl who is a social worker and medical clinic manager. We met in Boulder, where we had our auras balanced together. It was a New Age romance. We've been married since 1982: I got married instead of attending my PhD graduation ceremony. Cheryl is also an accomplished conga drummer. I love her a lot. We also have an elderly gray and white cat, named Bilbo Baggins.
Frank Hill looks down over the VTT telescope, and out over the valleys below Kitt Peak.

In my other life, I am a "gear head"-I really enjoy auto racing of all sorts. This interest is the other gift that Mr. Friedman, my Junior High School science teacher, gave me. I now drive an appropriately named sports car for a solar physicist, a Mitsubishi Eclipse! It's very fast and painted black, so I guess you could say it's a total Eclipse (that's astronomer humor). I also collect race car books and build race car models. I love music, particularly rock and roll like Concrete Blonde, Stevie Nicks, the Pretenders, Tragically Hip, Crystal Method, Garbage, Underworld, Soul Coughing, P.J. Harvey, Patti Smith, and Sheryl Crow. I have read Tolkien's "Lord Of The Rings" some 25 times (can you say compulsive?)

All in all, I am extremely thankful that my life has turned out like it has so far. I have been very fortunate to have been able to pursue and actually capture some part of my childhood fascination with math and science. This is why I feel it is so important to encourage students to follow their dreams: it can be done!


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