2021 George Ellery Hale Prize Winner – Russell Howard

Russell Howard

** Contact details appear below **

The 2021 the Hale prize is awarded to Dr. Russ Howard for his seminal contributions over almost half a century to the discovery, measurement, and understanding of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) and their role in space weather and for his outstanding leadership in the development, deployment, and management of innovative space instrumentation to image the solar corona and inner heliosphere that forms the foundation of much current Heliophysics research. Dr. Howard has been a leader in the development and use of coronagraphs and, later, heliospheric imagers since earliest days of CME observations by OSO-7 and Solwind, through the SOHO LASCO coronagraphs and STEREO SECCHI instrument suite, to WISPER and SOLO-HI on the recently launched Parker Solar Probe and Solar Orbiter, serving as the Primary Investigator of the last four simultaneously. His work on statistical properties of CMEs and on Earth-directed (halo) CMEs have been key to understanding their impacts on the Earth and heliosphere.

The Hale prize is awarded for outstanding contributions to solar astronomy over an extended period of time and is presented in memory of George Ellery Hale (1868-1938).


Dr. Michael S. Kirk
Press Officer, AAS Solar Physics Division
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
+1 301-614-7045
[email protected]

The purpose of the AAS Solar Physics Division (SPD) is the advancement of the study of the Sun and the coordination of such research with other branches of science. The SPD holds annual scientific meetings, awards several prizes, and supports students in various ways