Tuesday February 19th 2013

JJ’s Bistro

3447 Waialae Avenue in Kaimuki (between 9th and 10th Avenues)

Social/dinner hour from 6 pm: talk starts 7 pm

Everybody welcome: no admission charge

Note that JJs is BYOB, but Tamura’s liquor store is right across the street.

Jim Harwood:
Discovering Mauna Kea


We all now know that Mauna Kea is one of the best locations in the world for astronomical telescopes, but its atmospheric qualities were far from obvious in the early 1960s. Jim Harwood was one of the original University of Hawaii pioneers who braved the cold, dark, windy, barren heights of the mountain studying the weather, the clarity and the brightness of the sky in order to establish that excellent astronomy could be done there.





During the majority of his career, Jim was the computer systems engineer for the UH 2.2-meter telescope and the NASA 3-meter Infrared Telescope Facility on Mauna Kea.