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About Vincent B Wickwar

Dr. Wickwar is a member of the Center for Atmospheric and Space Sciences and professor of physics, Utah State University. He has taught courses in optics and aeronomy, and served as thesis advisor for a number of graduate students. He has been the principal investigator on a number of grants involving studies of the middle or upper atmosphere with lidar, photometers, Fabry-Perot interferometry , and incoherent-scatter (IS) radar. From 1973 to 1988, he was employed at SRI International, where he was co-principal investigator of the Sondrestrom incoherent-scatter radar and principal investigator on numerous IS radar studies using data from the Arecibo, Chatanika/Sondrestrom, EISCAT, Millstone Hill, and St. Santin radars. These studies included the joint American-French plasma line experiments at high latitudes and investigations of photoelectrons and secondary electrons. He also served as a correlative investigator on the UARS satellite team and as a guest investigator on the Atmospheric Explorer and Dynamic Explorer satellite teams. He has developed both hardware and software for data acquisition and analysis and has been instrumental in establishing NCAR’s IS data base, which developed into the CEDAR data base. During a 2-year leave-of-absence from SRI, Dr. Wickwar served as the NSF Program Director for Aeronomy. He has collaborated extensively with French aeronomers at both the University of Grenoble and France’s Centre Nationale de Recherche Scientifique.


Present Professor, Department of Physics, Utah State University Physics
Present Research Professor, Utah State University Center for Atmospheric & Space Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • National Science Foundation Traineeship (1965-1966)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (1965-present)
  • American Geophysical Union (1965-present)
  • Aeronomy Secretary (1988-1990)
  • Member of COSPAR Commission C1 (1988-present)
  • Commission G of USNC/URSI (International Union of Radio Science) (1978-present)
  • Societe des Ingenieurs et Scientifiques de France (1973-present)
  • Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society (1972-present)
  • Convenor of Incoherent-Scatter Data Base Workshop, Boulder, CO (1982)
  • Co-convenor of two MITHRAS workshops (1983)
  • Co-guest editor of Geophysical Research Letters special issue on "The Polar Ionosphere: Early Results from Sondre Stromfjord" (1984)
  • SRI Exceptional Achievement Award (1984)
  • Co-convener of International Symposium on Large-Scale Processes in the Ionospheric-Thermospheric System, Boulder, CO (1986) and special issue of Annales Geophysicae (1987)
  • Co-leader of GITCAD campaigns for CEDAR and WITS (1986-1990)
  • Co-leader of CADITS for CEDAR and STEP (1990-1996)
  • Organizer or co-organizer of sessions at several COSPAR meetings
  • Utah State University Faculty Senate (2006–Present); President (2010-2011)


  • Physics 6310 - Solar Terrestrial Physics

Contact Information

Phone: (435) 797-3641
Office: Science Engineering Research (SER) 218e


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