N e a l  H u r l b u r t
Physicist
Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Palo Alto CA

Who I Am

I am primarily a theoretical physicist, exploring how the gases in and near stars like the Sun move around. My main tools for this exploration are computers, which I use to solve the complex equations that describe these motions and to compare my results with observations. I also spend a lot of time deciding what sort of computers to buy, how to set them up and how to keep them running for various projects within our laboratory.

During the last year or so, I have been the data scientist for the Transition Region and Coronal Explorer mission (TRACE). That means I oversee the sorting, cataloging and distribution of the data collected by the TRACE telescope. Most of this is done automatically with computers and on the Internet. You can see the results at: http://vestige.lmsal.com/TRACE.

My Journey

I grew up on an island outside of Seattle. As a kid and teenager I developed three interests which have followed me right up to the present: a love for the outdoors, a love of science and math, and a love of film and television. I spent most of my time as a kid exploring the woods around our house, boating around the San Juan Islands and skiing and mountain climbing in the Cascades and Olympics.


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