Name: Hugo Lennart Nordh, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Convocation date: May 28, 2009
Discipline / contribution: astronomy ; science administration
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Lennart Nordh was born in Mariestad, Sweden. Following High School and Military Service Lennart Nordh entered Stockholm University where he completed his B.Sc. and Ph.D. before being awarded a "Docent" in 1977, less than 10 years after completing his baccalaureate. He worked with the European space program and was a research associate with Stockholm University Observatory before being appointed Associate Professor in Astronomy at Stockholm University.Degree received: Doctor of Science
Before the Swedish Government could pass an act appointing him to a chair in astronomy at Stockholm University Dr. Nordh moved into scientific administration and worked with the Swedish National Space Board to develop the Swedish space program.
In 1998 Dr. Nordh became Director of Science for the Swedish National Space Board, a position he still holds. He served as head of the Swedish delegation to the Science Program Committee from 1998 until July 2008, when he was elected chair of the same committee. In 1993 Dr Nordh assumed the role of Programme Scientist for the then proposed Odin satellite. Canada joined the Odin program in 1994 with the provision of the OSIRIS instrument led by the University of Saskatchewan. This satellite mission, which was launched in 2001, has provided the University with many opportunities including significant contract support.
The efforts of the Canadian scientists and graduate students, particularly those at the University of Saskatchewan, have been strongly supported by Dr. Lennart Nordh. His world class leadership of the Odin satellite project has persuaded many countries to emulate his approach.
Even with his heavy administrative load Dr. Nordh has been an outstanding mentor for the Odin Astronomy mission, which has culminated with the first detection of molecular oxygen in a star formation region.
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