Tor Hagfors

Physicist, Deceased Person

1930 – 2007

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Who was Tor Hagfors?

Tor Hagfors was a Norwegian scientist, radio astronomer, radar expert and a pioneer in the studies of the interactions between electromagnetic waves and plasma. In the early 1960s he was one of a handful of pioneering theorists that independently developed a theory that explained the scattering of radio waves by the free electrons in a plasma and applied the result to the ionosphere. He became founding director of the new EISCAT facilities that were then under construction in 1975, by which time he already been director at most of the other incoherent scatter radar facilities in the world. The asteroid 1985 VD1 is named 7279 Hagfors after him.

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Born
1930
Oslo
Nationality
  • Norway
Profession
Education
  • Norwegian Institute of Technology
  • University of Oslo
Employment
  • Cornell University
Died
Jan 17, 2007
Puerto Rico

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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