Professor Emeritus Hal McAlister Receives Prestigious Michelson Award
Astronomers and scientists gathered at the recent biennial meeting of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers lauded the announcement that Professor Emeritus Harold (Hal) McAlister of Georgia State was named the winner of the 2018 Michelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
This prize recognizes outstanding achievement in scientific research and facility development in optical interferometry, the area of astronomy devoted to measuring extremely fine details of stars and their environments. The winner is selected by an international panel convened by the Lowell Observatory in Arizona.
At Georgia State, Dr. McAlister’s work culminated in the building of Georgia State’s Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy (CHARA) Array, a six-telescope system located at the historic Mount Wilson Observatory in California. The CHARA Array is now a focus of international collaboration, and it is open to astronomers around the nation through a program administered by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory.