Simon Lock

Simon J. Lock

Graduate Student

Principal Advisor: Sarah T. Stewart

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Harvard University

(currently visiting UC Davis)



My research interests lie at the boundary between the fields of Planetary Science and Geophysics. In particular, I am interested in the formation, structure and evolution of terrestrial and giant planets. More...

What's New?

Origin of the Moon

Published in Nature: the Moon's present day inclination can be explained if the giant impact that formed the Moon left the Earth rotating on its side.

Explanation of the model and links to news stories.

The paper.

AGU 2016

Abstracts for the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting are now available. I have been invited to talk about the preservation of primordial mantle in the aftermath of a giant impact. More...

University of California, Davis

My advisor, Sarah Stewart, has moved to UC Davis. As a result I will be spending time in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department, UC Davis as a visiting student.


Contact Information


slock {at} fas {dot} harvard {dot} edu


(617) 495-0498 (Harvard)

(530) 754-5361 (Davis)


Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
20 Oxford Street
MA, 02138


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