Harry “Hap” McSween, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor who is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites, will be awarded the Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union. McSween is a Chancellor’s Professor and distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences.

Harry “Hap” McSween, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, professor who is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites, will be awarded the Whipple Award from the American Geophysical Union. McSween is a Chancellor’s Professor and distinguished professor of earth and planetary sciences. 

The Whipple Award was established in 1989 to honor an individual who has made outstanding contributions in the field of planetary science. It is named after Fred Whipple, a gifted astronomer most noted for his work on comets. Whipple was the first Whipple Award honoree in 1990, and passed away in 2004. McSween will receive the award and present the Whipple Lecture at the union’s annual meeting in December in San Francisco.

McSween is co-investigator for NASA’s Mars Odyssey spacecraft mission, the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Dawn spacecraft mission.

Source: UT Press Release