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Simon Balm: Stellar Axis: Antarctica

CAE1112

Summary Note

The archive Simon Balm: Stellar Axis, Antarctica consists of materials collected by Simon Balm, the astrophysicist contracted by Lita Albuquerque for her 2006 Stellar Axis project. Materials include data files, correspondence, logistical documents, maps, and drawings.

Biographical Note

A native of London, England, Simon Balm received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Durham in 1988 and his Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from the University of Sussex in 1992, working with Nobel Prize winning chemist Sir Harold Kroto. After graduate school he spent two years as a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in the UCLA Astronomy Department followed by four years as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA where he helped to design, build and install a radio telescope at the geographical South Pole. After several Summer visits to the Antarctic he wintered-over with the telescope at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station during the 1995-1996 season as a scientist with United States Antarctic Program.

Following his work in the Antarctic he spent several years teaching Astronomy as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and then joined Santa Monica College as a full time faculty member in the Fall of 2000 where he is currently a Professor of Astronomy and Chemistry in the Department of Earth Sciences. In December of 2006 he traveled to the Antarctic again with renowned Santa Monica artist Lita Albuquerque as the science advisor on the first large-scale art installation to be placed on the continent.

Simon has many interests outside of academia including, hiking, mountaineering, swimming, scuba diving and horse riding. He also runs a small IT consulting business and is a musician, playing the trombone in a local community symphony orchestra.

Scope and Content

The archive Simon Balm: Stellar Axis, Antarctica consists of materials collected by Simon Balm, the astrophysicist contracted by Lita Albuquerque for her 2006 Stellar Axis project. Materials include data files, correspondence, logistical documents, maps, and drawings.

Arrangement

This archive is arranged into five folders: Folder 1: Project Data, 2006 Folder 2: Star Charts (1 of 2), 2006 Folder 3: Star Charts (2 of 2), 2006 Folder 4: Sphere Technical Drawings, 2006 Folder 5: Transport Logistics, 2006
  • Folder 1: Project Data
  • Folder 2: Star Charts (1 of 2)
  • Folder 3: Star Charts (2 of 2)
  • Folder 4: Sphere Technical Drawings
  • Folder 5: Transport Logistics
  • This archive is arranged into five folders:

Inclusive Dates

2006

Bulk Dates

2006

Quantity / Extent

.125 cubic feet

Language

English

Related Archive Collections

  • CAE1042: Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis, Antarctica
  • CAE1103: Joan Myers: Wondrous Cold, An Antarctic Journey
  • CAE1107: Stephen Eastaugh: Antarctic Work
  • CAE1116: Chris Drury: Antarctica
  • CAE1117: William L. Fox: Terra Antarctica
  • CAE1202: David Rosenthal: Paintings of the North and South Polar Regions
  • CAE1218: Jean de Pomereu: Antarctic Photographs
  • CAE1219: Stuart Klipper: The Antarctic, From the Circle to the Pole
  • CAE1307: Chris Kannen: An Antarctic Extended Season
  • CAE1605: Anna McKee: 68,000 Years of Ice
  • CAE1806: Bruce Licher: Stamping Antarctica
  • CAE1910: Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica

Related Publications

Albuquerque, Lita. Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis. New York, N.Y.: Skira Rizzol, 2014.

Container Listing:

  • CAE Box 1

    • Folder 1 Project Data, 2006
    • Folder 4 Sphere Technical Drawings, 2006
    • Folder 5 Transport Logistics, 2006
    • Folder 2 Star Charts (1 of 2), 2006
    • Folder 3 Project Data (2 of 2), 2006