Julius A. Stratton Professor of Physics

Jacqueline Hewitt is Professor of Physics at MIT and Director of MIT’s Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.  She received her Ph.D. in physics from MIT in 1986.  After postdoctoral appointments at Haystack Observatory and Princeton University, she returned to MIT in 1989 to join the faculty.

Professor Hewitt’s research interests are in the application  of techniques of radio astronomy and signal processing to problems in astrophysics.  Current topics are low-frequency radio studies of the Epoch of Reionization and the Dark Ages, and surveys of transient astronomical radio emission. She is a founding collaborator in the Murchison Widefield  Array project, a low-frequency radio telescope  in Western Australia designed to study the Epoch of Reionization. Professor Hewitt is lead investigator for HERA, the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array telescope project (see MIT News)

Research Areas and Instrumentation

Honors and Awards

Elected American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow , 2018
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences , 2016