HughHill Hugh Hill1370383200
Space Sciences SCI Department

Dr. Hugh Hill is Associate Professor of Space Science at the International Space University’s (ISU’s) Central Campus in Strasbourg. His first encounter with Space was when his parents brought him to nearby Armagh Planetarium, Ireland, to hear Sir Patrick Moore (1923-2012), then Director, give a talk about the night sky. Hugh holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale (CNRS), Orsay, and Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris. He was the only candidate in his cohort to be awarded his Doctorate ”avec mention très honorable et les félicitations du jury”. Hugh also holds a M.Sc. awarded for meteorite research completed at the Universities of Dublin (Trinity College) and Cambridge. He was the first Irish person to be awarded a degree in the field of Meteoritics, the study of meteorites and the early Solar System. He was formerly employed at Armagh Planetarium (1986-1994), and was later an Associate Lecturer in Astronomy and Planetary Science, and Advisor, with The Open University (1995-1998). Based at ISU’s Central Campus, he contributes to ISU’s broad range of courses (MSS, SSP, ESC, etc.) as well as collaborative projects internationally. Prior to coming to ISU, he spent almost four years as a Fellowship Holder at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland (1999-2002) working on the Physics and Chemistry of astrophysical dust. Hugh’s research interests include: Astrobiology, Astrochemistry, Experimental Microgravity, Experimental Hypersonics, and Diamond Physics. He is a member of several academic committees and societies including The European Astrobiology Network Association (Founder Member) and Europlanet. He is also a reviewer for several, peer-reviewed international journals.