hillDr. Hugh Hill
Space Science

B.A. Physics and Computing, The Open University, U.K.
M.Sc. (by research) Meteoritics, University of Dublin (Trinity College)
Ph.D. Astronomy, Institut d'Astrophysique Spatiale/CNRS, Orsay, and Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris


National Academy of Sciences Resident Research Associate, Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland, U.S.A. (1999-2002)
Associate Lecturer (Astronomy and Planetary Science) and Adviser for The Open University (1995-1998)
Visiting Researcher, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris (1994)
Staff member, Armagh Planetarium, Ireland (1986-1994)

Research and teaching interests:

(i) Laboratory Astrophysics especially synthesizing and characterizing interstellar dust grain analogs; (ii) Nebular and protoplanetary physics and chemistry especially relating to Herbig Ae/Be stars; (iii) Solid-state physics especially nanophysics of diamond, silicates, and oxides; (iv) Astrobiology including panspermia theory, prebiotic chemistry and the origin of life; (v) Meteoritics including presolar grains, interplanetary dust particles and cometary chemistry; (vi) Experimental microgravity; and (vii) Educational outreach and long-distance learning development.

Publications include:

Dai, Z. R., Bradley, J. P., Joswiak, D. J., Brownlee, D. E., Hill, H. G. M. and Genge, M. M. (2002). Possible in situ formation of meteoritic nanodiamonds in the early solar system. Nature, 418, 157-159.

Nuth, J. A., Rietmeijer, F. J. M. and Hill, H.G.M. (2002) Condensation Processes in Astrophysical Environments: The Composition and Structure of Cometary Grains. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 37, 1579-1590.

Hill, H.G.M. and Nuth, J.A. (2003). The catalytic potential of cosmic dust: Implications for prebiotic chemistry in the solar nebula and other protoplanetary systems, Astrobiology, 3, 2, 291-304.

Jones, A.T., d'Hendecourt, L.B., Sheu, S.-Y., Chang, H.-C., Cheng, C.-L and Hill H.G.M. (2004). Surface C-H stretching features on meteoritic nanodiamonds. Astronomy and Astrophysics, 416, 235-241.

Nuth, J.A. and Hill, H.G.M. (2004). Planetary accretion, oxygen isotopes and the central limit theorem. Meteoritics and Planetary Science, 39, 1-9.

Hadamcik, E, Renard, J.-B., Rietmeijer, F.J.M., Levasseur-Regourd, A.C., Hill, H.G.M., Karner, J.M. and Nuth, J.A. (2007). Light scattering by fluffy Mg-Fe-SiO and C mixtures as cometary analogs (PROGRA2 experiment). Icarus (accepted for publication).

Other activities:

Evaluator for various NASA-funded proposals, e.g. NASA's Astrobiology Institute (NAI). Referee for eight peer-reviewed journals including Astronomy & Astrophysics, Astrobiology, and Nature.
Member of several scholarly organizations including the Meteoritical Society and the European Astrobiology Network Association.