William K. Hartmann is known internationally as a
scientist, writer, and painter. His research involves origin
and evolution of planets and planetary surfaces, and the
small bodies of the solar system.
Specific research topics have included studies of
cratering on the moon and Mars, leading the development of
the currently most-accepted model for origin of the moon,
telescopic observations of asteroids and satellites,
participation in the Mariner 9 and Mars Global Surveyor Mars
Research for more details).
Hartmann has authored three college level textbooks in
astronomy and planetary science, all of which have been
published in multiple editions, and roughly 200 technical
He has also published a number of popular non-fiction,
illustrated books on astronomy, earth science, and the
Sonoran Desert. In 1997 he published a novel about Mars, and
in 2002, a novel about the Southwest. (See
page for more details).
Hartmann's paintings of astronomical themes have appeared
in these books and in magazines and exhibits in the U.S.,
Russia, Japan, and Europe. He has twice had paintings
commissioned by the NASA Fine Arts Program. (See
page for more details).
In 1992-95 he headed an effort for the Planetary Society
and National Science Teachers Association to incorporate
planetary science materials into the grade 6-12 curriculum.
His book of lessons, "Craters!" was published in 1995 by the
Hartmann has also served as a photo-analyst on the U.S.
House of Representatives Select Committee on Assassinations
and on the U.S. Air-Force study of the UFO problem under Dr.
Edward Condon, University of Colorado.
||Nininger Meteorite Award for work on lunar and
||First recipient of Carl Sagan Medal from
American Astronomical Society for popular writing
and astronomical paintings.
||Elected Fellow, American Association for the
Advancement of Science.
||Co-winner of the Runcorn-Florensky Medal from
the European Geophysics Society, for work on Mars
||Lucien Rudaux Memorial Award from the
International Association of Astronomical Artists,
for lifetime contributions to astronomical art.
||G.K. Gilbert Award from the Geological Society
of America for outstanding contributions to the
solution of fundamental problems in planetary
Hartmann holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy and M.S. in Geology,
both from the University of Arizona, and a B.S. in Physics
from Pennsylvania State University.