Don Campbell has been Professor of Astronomy at Cornell since 1987. Prior to coming to the Cornell campus he was Director of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico for seven years and remains closely associated with the Observatory as Associate Director of its parent institution, the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. Campbell's research work is in the general area of planetary studies with a concentration on the radio- wavelength-scattering properties of planets, planetary satellites and small bodies. He makes extensive use of the high powered radar systems on the Arecibo telescope. Recently, working with past and present Cornell graduate students, he has "explored" the polar regions of the Moon looking for evidence of ice deposits, studied the radar scattering properties of the icy satellites of Jupiter and Saturn, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Titan and Iapetus, and used the polarization properties of the reflected radar signals to investigate surficial deposits on the surface of Venus and to look for regoliths on near earth asteroids.

Recent Submissions

  • A Conversation Harold D. Craft, Jr 

    Craft, Harold D., Jr.; Campbell, Donald B. (Internet-First University Press, 2012-04-20)
    Hal Craft reminisces about his Cornell and Arecibo Observatory connections; in particular, he discusses the event that occurred while he was serving as Director of the Observatory, including his oversight of a major facility ...
  • A Conversation with Don Campbell 

    Campbell, Donald B.; Craft, Harold D., Jr. (Internet-First University Press, 2012-04-20)
    In this definitive review of the history of the Arecibo Observatory, Don Campbell, a former Director, shares his extensive knowledge of how the observatory evolved. Campbell and Craft are the executive producers of this ...
  • A Conversation with Michael C. Kelley 

    Kelley, Michael C.; Campbell, Donald B.; Craft, Harold D., Jr. (Internet-First University Press, 2013-03-28)
    Kelley, an acclaimed teacher, discusses his uses of radar and rocketry to study the ionosphere and speculates about promising new studies of potential earthquake detection.
  • A Conversation with Shrinivas R. Kulkarni 

    Kulkarni, Shrinivas R.; Campbell, Donald B.; Craft, Harold D., Jr. (Internet-First University Press, 2013-03-28)
    Shri Kulkarni, an A.D. White Professor-At-Large and the McArthur Professor of Astronomy and Professor of Planetary Sciences at California Institute of Technology. He discusses his experiences at the Arecibo Observatory and ...
  • A Conversation with Kay and Mary Kay LaLonde: They discuss family life during the early days of the AO project. 

    LaLonde, Kay; LaLonde, Mary Kay; Campbell, Donald B.; Craft, Harold D., Jr. (Internet-First University Press, 2012-02-20)
    The spouse and her daughter discuss family life during the initial days of the creation of the Arecibo Observatory.

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