Harold Kirkham

Harold Kirkham (SM) received a B.Sc. in 1966, and a M.Sc. in 1967 both from the University of Aston in Birmingham, England. In 1973 he received a Ph.D. from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
In Philadelphia, in the late 1960s, he worked on the AC/DC Research Project of the Edison Electric Institute, and continued an interest in the topic of combined AC/DC systems into his Ph.D. work. From 1973 until 1979 he was with American Electric Power, responsible for the data acquisition system at their UHV station in Indiana. In 1979 Dr. Kirkham joined the staff of the Communications and Control for Electric Power Systems project at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. He managed the project from 1984 until it ended in 1995. He is presently a Principal in the Center for In-Situ Exploration and Sample Return at JPL.

Dr. Kirkham's research interests include both power and measurements. He has developed a series of instruments to measure electric fields, and is the chairman of the IEEE Power Engineering Society's Instrumentation and Measurements Committee. He is presently manager of the NEPTUNE power system project, a development being done in collaboration with the University of Washington..