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Henrik I. Hargitai (Ph.D., 2007) is a planetary geomorphologist and media historian. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the NASA Ames Research Center between 2015 and 2017. He is a professor of planetary geomorphology, planetary cartography, typography, and media history at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary since 2002. He has a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences and Philosophy (Aesthetics). His study fields include planetary cartography, geomorphology, and the history and localization of planetary nomenclature. He participated in two Mars Desert Research Station simulations and created the MDRS GIS in 2017. He was the chair of the ICA Commission on Planetary Cartography. He is the producer of planetary science outreach radio/podcast programs and a member of the Beautiful Mars project run by the HiRISE camera team. He developed several planetary geology related educational materials and created one chatbot for teaching media studies. Currently he prepares planetary science educational materials for children on planetary geology, SETI, and exoplanets.

E-Mail: hhenrik@seti.org


Work Places

1999-  Associate Professor (“adjunktus”), Eötvös Loránd University, Institute of Art Theory and Media Research (ELTE BTK Művészetelméleti és Médiakutatási Intézet), 1088 Múzeum krt 6-8, Budapest, Hungary

2015-2017 Senior postdoc (NPP fellow) at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA.

2016- Research Scientist at SETI Institute, Mountain View, CA, USA.


  • 2015: Introduction to GIS for Planetary Mappers (July 29-31, 2015, U.S. Geologic Survey — Flagstaff, Arizona)
  • 2004-2011: ELTE, PhD Philosophy (Esthetics) 2011. 06. 15.  P-3430/2011
  • 2000-2007: ELTE, PhD Earth Sciences (Physical Geography) 2007. 11. 15.  P-2327/2007
  • 1992-1993: MEDFK, engineer, teacher
  • 1993-2000: ELTE, MSc Geography, teacher 2000. 01. 13. No 007451, IV/74/93-94
  • 1993-1999: EKTE, MSc Geography 1999. 06. 30., environmental geography specialization 007451, 475/1999
  • 1995-1999: ELTE, MA Communication 2001. 06. 6. No 008262 No 875/2001
  • 1999: BBC Radio Journalism
  • 1998: Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX, USA, internship


  • Hungarian (Native), English, French, some Russian and Portuguese


  • Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Committee on Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Petrology / Geokémiai, Ásvány- és Kőzettani Tudományos Bizottság  köztestületi tagja
  • International Cartographic Association, Commission on Planetary Cartography


  • ArcMap/ArcGIS (2008-) (Utah)
  • ISIS3, QGIS, HiView (2015)
  • ISIS JIGSAW, Surfer (1998-2000) (Io)
  • Erdas Imagine, ENVI, GER3700 640  field spectroradiometer (2006-2007)
  • GlobalMapper  (2010-) (planetary maps)
  • J-MARS (2013-) (planetary landforms)
  • html, php, Office, Audition, Soundforge, InDesign, QuarkXpress, CorelDraw, Photoshop, Wikimedia, Flash, Drupal, Canvas