John Huth is a codirector of the science program in Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute and the Donner Professor of Science in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. His recent interests combine physics, earth and planetary science, cognitive psychology, the neurosciences, anthropology, and history. He draws on these areas in his book The Lost Art of Finding Our Way (Harvard University Press, 2013), in which he explores science-like navigational cultures such as Polynesian seafaring and the Norse feats of navigation in the North Atlantic. This is also the subject of a course he teaches titled Primitive Navigation. Related to his interest in navigation is his study of the biochemical mechanism that appears to allow birds to navigate by sensing the earth’s magnetic field.
Huth is a member of the ATLAS Experiment at CERN. He worked on the design and construction of the experiment and participated in a number of physics analyses, including the discovery of the Higgs boson. An elected fellow of the American Physical Society, he has served on the Brookhaven Science and Technology Steering Committee, the Dark Energy Task Force, and the Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee, and his work has been supported by the National Science Foundation. Huth earned his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley.