Simon Lock

Simon J. Lock

Planetary Science Option Postdoc

Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

California Institute of Technology

 

Research

My research lies at the boundary between the fields of astrophysics, planetary science, geophysics and geochemistry. In particular, I am interested in the formation, structure and evolution of terrestrial and giant planets. More...

What's New?

Colloquium at the Carnegie Institute

I recently gave a seminar at the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institute. You can find a link to a video of the presentation here.

New Adler Planetarium show

Adler Planetarium in Chicago has developed a new show, 'Imagine the Moon', that 'explores how the Moon has inspired human creativity, learning, and exploration ever since we have looked to the sky'. This show features some amazing animations of our recently proposed Moon model, created with input from Sarah Stewart and myself.

Sarah Stewart is a genius

Congratulations to my former Ph.D advisor, Sarah Stewart, for being selected as a MacArthur Fellow. This award is commonly known as the 'genius grant'.

I've completed my Ph.D

I have completed my Ph.D. at Harvard University. I will be moving to take up the position as the Planetary Science Option Postdoc at Caltech.

Origin of the Moon

We have proposed a new model for the origin of the Moon: that the Moon formed inside the vaporized Earth. Our model can explain various observations of Earth and the Moon for the first time. Learn more...

UC Davis press release

Harvard Gazette

Journal article

Preprint on arXiv

A new astrophysical structure

We have discovered a completely new type of astrophysical object that we have named synestias. These are fascinating objects that have the potential to revolutionize our understanding of how planets form and evolve. Intrigued? Learn more...

UC Davis podcast

UC Davis press release

AGU press release

Journal article

ArXiv pre-print

 

Contact Information

Email:

slock {at} caltech {dot} edu

Phone:

(617) 520-4813 (Google Voice)

(626) 395-3296 (Office)

Mail:

Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences
California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena
CA 91125
USA

 


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