Curriculum Vitae


FRANK HARTLEY spent his Melbourne, Australia, childhood observing nature and tinkering with machines and devices to see how things worked. The son of professional parents, an amateur artist father, and one of three brothers and a sister. He earned his degrees in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Subsequently, from a growing interest in cybernetics and automation, he earned a Masters Degree in Control Engineering at Cambridge University (UK).


With these complementary disciplines under his belt, Hartley embarked on a remarkable career of invention in — the real-time computer-control of traffic, aircraft and emergency services — and automated medical, industrial, aviation and military systems. Two decades later, Hartley immigrated to the United States, where he entered the aeronautics and space industry to address robotic spacecraft and developed instruments, machines and next generation of space telescopes that found their way to planets, outer space, and near space.


For an inquisitive mind like that of Frank Hartley, space and the planets offer a seductive frontier.  In a culture conducive to his probing — through NASA — and observing the best “time machines” that science has created to date, Hartley forges onward in his quest to understand the origins of the cosmos and of life itself.


Hartley’s first artistic forays were in developing a 3D model of the earth’s topology from radar elevation measurements and in the co-production of a commissioned art book titled Chaos and Cosmos with world renowned artist Tommaso Durante, where Art and Science exchanged patterns and mythologies in different and reciprocal ways meld, through interaction and conflict, the order of beauty and the perfection of symmetries.


Since cognitive thought began, man has contemplated where his world and he came from or, after grappling with the immensity of the concept, conjectured that it all just happened, or ascribed creation to his God.


In retirement, Hartley has applied his artistic bent to interpreting images from our orbiting “time machines”, deep-space telescopes, in oil on canvas. Hartley’s portfolio of Cosmic art has been produced under the tutelage of KT Boyce at Arcadia Recreation Services Department and been exhibited twice both there and at the Pasadena Library.