Robert Hawkes was born in Moncton, NB, Canada. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in astrophysics from the University of Western Ontario, ON, Canada, studying aspects of meteoroid structure and atmospheric ablation, following his B.S. and B.E. degrees from Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB, Canada. He was a coeditor of the 2005 compilation Modern Meteor Science and has contributed chapters to several other books including Meteors in the Earth's Atmosphere. His research expertise is predominantly in meteoroid structure and fragmentation, models of atmospheric ablation, advanced electro-optical transient detection techniques, and laser ablation of astrophysical materials. He also conducts research in science education and outreach. He has won awards for science teaching, including the Canadian Association of Physicists Medal for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, and for science outreach, including the Atlantic Provinces Council on the Sciences Science Communication Award. Minor planet 12014 is named in his honor.
Biography Updated on 4 December 2011