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Yan Fernandez - Biography

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Yan Fernandez is currently a postdoc at the IfA working with Profs. K. Meech and D. Jewitt on studies of small bodies in the Solar System. He earned his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Maryland in 1999, writing a dissertation entitled Physical Properties of Cometary Nuclei. His scientific interests lie mainly in studying the physical properties, surface characteristics, and interevolution of active comets, extinct comets, and asteroids through multiwavelength (optical, infrared, and radio) observations. He has published papers on, among other things, the well-known Comets Hyakutake and Hale-Bopp. The apparition of Halley's Comet in 1985 originally motivated him to learn amateur-astronomy and study to become a professional. When not analyzing data, Yan enjoys opera, cycling, and traipsing around the 4 Corners of Earth to experience the vast expanse of human culture and natural beauty.

Last Updated on May 27, 2000

Karen Meech, Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii