/ Modified nov 29, 2016 4:05 p.m.

Tucson Researcher Receives Honor for Service to Planetary Science

Planetary Science Institute head Mark V. Sykes awarded by peers

Exoplanets (PHOTO: NASA/JPL)
Listen:

LISTEN

Mark V. Sykes, CEO and director of the Tucson-based Planetary Science Institute, is being recognized by his peers for his contributions to the study and exploration of planets in our solar system and beyond.

Mark Sykes Mark V. Sykes, CEO and director, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson. (PHOTO: Planetary Science Institute)

Sykes leads the Planetary Science Institute, which has researchers around the world who study planets, asteroids, comets and planet formation. It’s the largest non-government employer of planetary scientists in the world.

Sykes will receive the Harold Masursky Award for Meritorious Service to Planetary Science from the Planetary Sciences Division of the American Astronomical Society. It’s presented for meritorious service to the discipline. The late astrophysicist Carl Sagan was the first to be honored with this award.

The Masursky award is one of five the astronomy organization may present annually. A dozen scientists with ties to Tucson have received the society’s awards since the first was given in 1964, to Eugene Shoemaker, known for his comet discoveries.

The oldest of the awards are named for Gerard P. Kuiper who founded the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona, and Harold Urey of the University of California, San Diego, once Kuiper’s rival who became a collaborator in studying the moon.

Sykes is a UA graduate, with advanced degrees in planetary science and law. He’s also a professional opera singer.

Arizona Science Desk
This story is from the Arizona Science Desk, a collaborative of the state's public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Arizona Science Desk.
By posting comments, you agree to our
AZPM encourages comments, but comments that contain profanity, unrelated information, threats, libel, defamatory statements, obscenities, pornography or that violate the law are not allowed. Comments that promote commercial products or services are not allowed. Comments in violation of this policy will be removed. Continued posting of comments that violate this policy will result in the commenter being banned from the site.

By submitting your comments, you hereby give AZPM the right to post your comments and potentially use them in any other form of media operated by this institution.
Arizona Public Media broadcast stations are licensed to the Arizona Board of Regents. Arizona Public Media and AZPM are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.
The University of Arizona