David C. Jewitt

David C. Jewitt is a Professor of astronomy at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy. He was born in 1958 in England, and is a 1979 graduate of the University of London. Jewitt received an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in astronomy at the California Institute of Technology in 1980 and 1983, respectively. His research interests include the trans-Neptunian Solar System, Solar System formation and the physical properties of comets. Along with Jane Luu, he discovered the first Kuiper belt object in 1992.

A selection of his recent publications includes:

  • The Nucleus of Comet 48P/Johnson, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 127, Issue 3, pp. 1784–1790
  • 143P/Kowal-Mrkos and the Shapes of Cometary Nuclei, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 125, Issue 6, pp. 3366–3377
  • Physical Properties of Trans-Neptunian Object (20000) Varuna, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 123, Issue 4, pp. 2110–2120
  • Population and Size Distribution of Small Jovian Trojan Asteroids, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 120, Issue 2, pp. 1140–1147
  • Particulate Mass Loss from Comet Hale-Bopp, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 117, Issue 2, pp. 1056–1062
  • Cometary Rotation: an Overview, Earth, Moon, and Planets, v. 79, Issue 1/3, pp. 35–53
  • Large Kuiper Belt Objects: The Mauna Kea 8K CCD Survey, The Astronomical Journal, Volume 115, Issue 5, pp. 2125–2135

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