The SPD/AAS early career Karen Harvey Prize, established in May 2002 in honor of the late Karen Harvey, is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career. The prize is awarded to a person who has not reached 36 years of age, or who has not reached 10 years of professional experience since the PhD or equivalent degree, at the end of the year preceding the award.
Bin Chen, 2023
Dr. Bin Chen has significantly advanced the studies of magnetic reconnection and particle acceleration through his groundbreaking research of solar flares. Dr. Chen’s methods to analyze solar flare observations, particularly his imaging spectropolarimetric radio observations made with Very Large Array (VLA) and Expanded Owens Valley Solar Array (EOVSA), has led to new insights in several areas of flare physics. His work has illuminated solar flare termination shocks and measurements of magnetic fields and particles in reconnection current sheets. Dr. Chen is also recognized for his exceptional leadership as a mentor and collaborative team builder in solar and space research community. In addition, he has also been instrumental in developing the next-generation solar radio telescopes.
Adam Kowalski, 2022
Dr. Adam Kowalski, who is joint faculty at University Colorado Boulder’s Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics and National Science Foundation’s National Solar Observatory in Boulder, CO, is awarded the Karen Harvey Prize for his innovative research into stellar flares towards resolving long-standing problems relating to flares on both the Sun and other stars. Dr. Kowalski has made substantial contributions to understanding the response of lower stellar atmospheres to stellar flares using a combination of computer modeling, ground- and space-based observations, and theory. Dr. Kowalski’s research bridges the solar and stellar communities; this cross-cutting approach continues to yield important innovations on long-standing problems relating to flares on both the Sun and other stars. His early career research has advanced the understanding of continuum emission from flares, the interpretation of spectroscopic observations, and the timely subject of exoplanetary habitability. .
Lucia Kleint, 2021
The 2021 Karen Harvey Prize for significant contributions to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career is awarded to Dr. Lucia Kleint. Her contributions are numerous, among them observations and modeling of turbulent magnetic fields in the quiet Sun; analysis of unprecedented high precision spectropolarimetric and spectroscopic measurements of the photosphere and chromosphere during flares; and applications of machine learning techniques to flare data. Dr. Kleint coordinated the flight software team for the Spectrometer/Telescope for Imaging X-rays (STIX), now flying on Solar Orbiter. She then led the German solar telescopes on Tenerife, where she spearheaded a major redesign and upgrade of the optical system and operations of the GREGOR telescope. She now leads a research group at the University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Hui Tian, 2020
Dr. Hui Tian of Peking University, China, is awarded the 2020 Karen Harvey Prize for his ultraviolet and extreme-ultraviolet observations of the Sun and what they reveal about the dynamics of the solar atmosphere. Dr. Tian’s significant work on small-scale prevalent jets and short-lived ultraviolet bursts has motivated new theories of coronal heating and the solar wind. In addition, his work on sunspot dynamics has significantly improved our understanding of magnetic reconnection inside sunspots. Beyond his research, Dr. Tian has also established a new solar physics group at Peking University. He currently leads his research group there and mentors students ranging from undergraduates to postdoctoral researchers. Dr Tian’s talk is available as a PDF File.
Anthony Yeates, 2019
The 2019 Karen Harvey Prize for a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career is awarded to Anthony Yeates (Durham University), for his outstanding contributions to the development of magnetic field evolution models, which have advanced our understanding of how the Sun’s magnetic fields originate, evolve, and govern the dynamics of the solar corona.
Nicholeen Viall, 2018
The 2018 Karen Harvey Prize for a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career is awarded to Nicholeen Viall for her fundamental contributions to understanding coronal heating and the slow solar wind, and for her valuable service to the science community and the general public.
Mark Cheung, 2017
The 2017 SPD Karen Harvey Prize for a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career is awarded to Mark Cheung (LMSAL) for his numerical investigations of magnetic flux emergence in turbulent convection, for his studies of the dynamic corona via novel data inversion and data-driven modeling techniques, and for his mentoring of young researchers.
Katharine Reeves, 2016
The 2016 SPD Karen Harvey Prize for a significant contribution to the study of the Sun early in a person’s professional career is awarded to Katharine K. Reeves (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) for her work elucidating the energetics of solar flares and coronal mass ejections, for her leadership within the multinational Hinode/X-Ray Telescope project, and for her strong role in scientific education and public outreach.
Jonathan Cirtain, 2015
The 2015 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Jonathan Cirtain for his major contributions to the development of the next generation of solar instrumentation and his studies of the role of magnetic reconnection in the heating of the solar corona.
Alexis Rouillard, 2014
The 2014 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Alexis Rouillard, for his contributions to heliospheric imaging analysis and, through the combination of modeling and multi-spacecraft remote imaging and in situ observations, his contributions to the understanding of the sources and heliospheric evolution of corotating interaction regions, small scale transients, coronal mass ejections, and solar energetic particle events.
Tibor Torok, 2013
The 2013 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Tibor Torok, for his innovative numerical studies and theoretical analyses of the role of MHD instabilities in the initiation and driving of coronal mass ejections.
Dibyendu Nandy, 2012
The 2012 Harvey Prize is awarded to Dibyendu Nandi of the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata for his advances in the use of kinematic dynamo models to elucidate the typical and atypical solar cycle, and for his outstanding leadership within the solar physics and space climate communities.
Mattias Rempel, 2011
The 2011 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Mattias Rempel for his groundbreaking work on the structure of sunspots and on flows and magnetic fields in the solar convection zone. His work has brought state-of-the-art numerical methods to bear on these problems.
Brian Welsch, 2010
The 2010 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Brian T. Welsch for his role in the development of correlation techniques to measure velocities at the solar surface.
Laurent Gizon, 2009
The 2009 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Laurent Gizon for his significant contributions and leadership in the development of local helioseismology techniques for the study of the Sun’s internal dynamics.
Laurent Gizon’s Harvey Prize lecture, delivered at the 2009 SPD meeting, is available as a a tarball of the above.
Mark G. Linton, 2008
The 2008 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Mark G. Linton for his major contributions to studies of kink-instabilities in delta spots, the interactions of magnetic flux tubes, and patchy reconnection in solar flares.
Jiong Qiu, 2007
The 2007 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Dr. Jiong Qiu for her significant contributions to the study of the Sun and its effects on the Earth’s climate.
Steven R. Cranmer, 2006
The 2006 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Steven R. Cranmer for his major theoretical and observational contributions toward understanding the roles of waves and turbulence in heating and accelerating solar wind plasma.
Steven Cranmer’s Harvey Prize lecture, delivered at the 2006 SPD meeting, is available as a Powerpoint file with links to separate movie files.
Sarah Gibson, 2005
The 2005 Karen Harvey Prize is awarded to Sarah Gibson for her research on the role of helical magnetic fields in the structure and dynamics of the solar corona.
Sarah Gibson’s Harvey Prize lecture, delivered at the 2005 SPD meeting, is available as a PDF file (23 Mbytes), or as PowerPoint files customized for the Mac or the PC (these links take you to directories where the PowerPoint and separate movie files can be downloaded).
Harry Warren, 2004
The 2004 Karen L. Harvey prize is awarded to Harry Warren for his major contributions toward characterizing and understanding the morphology of coronal plasmas, the evolution of solar flares, and the variability of the Sun’s extreme ultraviolet irradiance.
Harry Warren’s Harvey Prize lecture, delivered at the 2004 SPD meeting, in either:
- PowerPoint plus Quick Time and MPEG movie format (tar gzipped, 52 Mbytes), or
- QuickTime movie (640 x 480 pixels) format (141 Mbytes).
Dana Longcope, 2003
The 2003 Harvey Prize is awarded to Dana Longcope (Montana State University) for his significant contributions to the study of the Sun’s magnetism in the areas of separator reconnection and flux tube physics.
Dana Longcope’s Harvey Prize lecture (PDF format) delivered at the 2003 SPD meeting.