David C Jewitt was born in 1958 in England and is currently a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and Director of the Institute for Planets and Exoplanets at UCLA.  He graduated from the University of London in 1979 and received a Master’s degree in Science and a PhD in Planetary Science and Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology in 1980 and 1983 respectively.  During the period 1983 to 1988 he worked as an Assistant Professor at MIT.  From 1988 to 1993, he held positions as Associate Astronomer and Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii, where he became Astronomer and Professor in 1993, and where he continued to work until 2009.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.  

Jane Luu was born in 1963 in Saigon, Vietnam.  Since 2001, she has been a member of the technical staff at Lincoln Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Stanford University in 1984 and a PhD in Planetary Astronomy from MIT in 1990.  In the years 1990 to 1994, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at various institutions, namely, the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, UC Berkeley and Stanford University.  She was appointed Assistant Professor at Harvard University in 1994 and Professor at Leiden University, the Netherlands in 1998.  The asteroid 5430 Luu is named in her honour.


29 May 2012   Hong Kong