Professional Background:

2010-Present:  Director, Engineering Physics, University of Kansas
2008-Present: Professor, Physics & Astronomy, University of Kansas
2003-2008:  Director, Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science, NASA Johnson Space Center
1978-2003: NASA Astronaut and senior flight operations manager; Johnson Space Center and Ames Research Center
1977-1978: Research Associate, Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory


1977: PhD, Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz
1973: B.A. Physics, B.A. Astronomy - With Highest Distinction, University of Kansas.


NASA Distinguished Service Medals (2)
Presidential Rank Awards (2)
NASA Exceptional Service Awards (3)
NASA Space Flight Medals (5)
NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal
NASA Special Achievement Award
NASA Superior Performance Award
Komarov Diploma
Kansan of the Year (2)
Kansas Aviation Hall of Fame
Kansas University CLAS Distinguished Alumni Award
Kansas University Distinguished Service Citation
U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Societies and Affiliations:

American Astronomical Society
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Association of Space Explorers
Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Coalition for Space Exploration
Sigma Pi Sigma
Phi Beta Kappa

Golden Key

Research Interests:

My research interests are in two distinct disciplines.  In astronomy and astrophysics I do spectrophotometry of gaseous nebulae and active galaxies.  I use emission line strengths to determine chemical abundances and other properties of astrophysical interest.  I am also interested in issues associated with human spaceflight, the history of the space shuttle program and the development and operation of telescopes in space, including on the Moon.

Selected Publications:

Hawley, Steven A., “Abundances in Green Pea Star-forming Galaxies”, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 124, No 911, 25, (2012)

Hawley, Steven A., “The Engineering, Scientific, and Cultural Legacy of the Space Shuttle”, in Proceedings of the Symposium on Space Shuttle Engineering Achievements, Jim Craig editor, Georgia Tech,      ( (2012)

Hawley, Steven A. and Merriam, Daniel F., “Kansas From Space:  A Century of Viewing the Earth From Above,” Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science, 114, 95, (2011)

Hawley, Steven A., “Spectrophotometry of Southern H II Regions and Strong Line Diagnostics”, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 123, No. 899, 44, (2011)

Hawley, S. A., “Mission to Mars:  Risks, Challenges, Sacrifices, and Privileges.  One Astronaut’s Perspective”, Journal of Cosmology, Vol. 12, 3517, (2010)

Hawley, S. A., “Human Operations in Space During the Space Shuttle Era” in The Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, Vol. 1, Hans Mark editor, Wiley Publishing, Hoboken, NJ, 788, (2003)

Hawley, S. A., “A Peculiar Emission-line Object From the Tololo Survey”, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 93, 93, (1981)

Hawley, S. A., and Phillips, M. M., “Spectrophotometry of H II Regions and the Nucleus of NGC 1566”; Ap. J., 235, 783, (1980)

Phillips, M. M., and Hawley, S. A., “The Redshift of the QSO PKS 1158+007”; Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 90, 650, (1978)

Hawley, S. A., and Phillips, M. M., “Spectrophotometry of Fairall 9 and Fairall 51:  Two Extremes of the Seyfert 1 Class”; Ap. J., 225, 780, (1978)

Hawley, S. A.,            “The Chemical Composition of Galactic and Extragalactic H II Regions”; Ap. J., 224, 417, (1978)

Miller, J. S., French, H. B., and Hawley, S. A., “The Spectrum and Magnitude of the Galaxy Associated with BL Lacertae”; Ap. J. (Letters), 219, L85, (1978)


Hawley, Steven A.

2056C Malott Hall

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