Krimigis Stamatios

Stamatios Krimigis
Academy Member

Biographical note

Science of Space   (2005)


Current position:    Principal Staff, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory                                                       (1972-present); Space Department Head Emeritus (2004-present)

                                 Member, Academy of Athens, Chair of Science of Space (2005-present)

  Education:                               BS (Physics), University of Minnesota, 1961;

                                                    MS (Physics), University of Iowa, 1963;

                                                    PhD (Physics), University of Iowa, 1965.

 Professional background: Research Associate, 1965-1966; Assistant Professor of Physics, 1966-1968; Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Iowa. Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (1968-present)Supervisor (Space Physics Section) and Principal Staff member (since 1972), 1968-1974. Group Supervisor (Space Physics and Instrumentation Group), 1974-1981. Chief Scientist (Space Department), 1980-1990. Head (Space Department), 1991-2004. Emeritus Head, 2004-present. Supervisor, Office of Space Research and Technology, Academy of Athens, Athens, Greece (2006-present). Greece’s Alternate Head Delegate to the ESA Council (12/06-09/10). Chair of the National Council of Research and Technology of Greece (9/10-12/13).


 Relevant experience: As Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-Investigator (Co-I), designed, built, flown and analyzed data from 21 instruments on NASA/ESA space missions, 1963 to present, as follows: PI--Cassini-Huygens MIMI instrument,1990-2015; Voyager 1 and 2 LECP instrument 1971-present. Explorer 47 and Explorer 50 (IMP-7 and 8) CPME, 1968-1996. AMPTE, 1973-1989. Lead Co-I or Co-I- Galileo EPD, 1977-2003; Ulysses HI-SCALE 1978-2009; Geotail EPIC, 1985-present; ACE, ULEIS  and EPAM, 1988-present; MESSENGER EPS, 1998-present; Mariner 3, 4, 5 TRD (Mars and Venus) 1963-68; Explorer 33 and Explorer 35  EPD, 1965-1970. Injun 4 SSD, 1963-1966; Injun 5 SSD, 1966-1971; OGO-4 SSD, 1966-1970; Collaborating Scientist, New Horizons, 2002-present. Also, numerous NSF grants, 1970-1990. Has designed and built instruments that have flown to all nine classical planets (only scientist to do so).


            Member, Space Science Board, National Academy of Sciences, and Chair, Committee on Solar and Space Physics 1983-1986; Member, NASA Space Science and Applications Advisory Committee (SSAAC), 1987-1990; NASA Inter-Agency Consultative Group for Space Science (IACG), 1987-1993; NASA Discovery Program Science Working Group, 1989-1992. Member or Chair of over 40 committees, Commissions, Working Groups  at US and International level.

Awards and honors: Fellow, APS, AGU, AAAS, AIAA,1980- 2007; Lifetime Achievement Award, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, 2004; Member of the Academy of Athens, Chair of Science of Space. 2004; COSPAR Space Science Award, 2002; Smithsonian Institution Trophy for Achievement to the NEAR team, 2002. Aviation Week and Space Technology “Laurels in Space Award” in 1996 for NEAR and 2001 for New Horizons. He was member of the teams that were awarded the Smithsonian Collier Trophy for Voyager (1980) and the Air and Space Museum Trophy for NASA’s missions Voyager (1989), and Cassini (2012). NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1981, 1986). Basic Sciences Award, International Academy of Astronautics (1994). He was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of the Aegean (12/2009, Financial and Management Engineering), the University of Athens (05/2010 Department of Physics), and the Hellenic International University (5/19/11, Science of Engineering). The Council of European Aerospace Societies awarded Dr. Krimigis its 2010 CEAS Gold Medal. In 2012 he received the 2012 IAA Laurels Award for Team Achievement to leading NASA’S MESSENGER mission to Mercury. The European Geosciences Union awarded him the Jean Dominique Cassini Medal and Honorary Membership, and the AIAA the James A. Van Allen Space Environments Award, both for 2014. He received the Trophy for Lifetime Achievement by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) in 2015, the American Astronautical Society (AAS) Space Flight Award (2016), the NASM Trophy for Current Achievement (New Horizons Team-2016) and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, also in 2016. Also, as member of NASA’s New Horizons mission he received the 2016 IAA Laurels Award for Team Achievement. He received the IAA Von Karman Award in 2017.

            CitationsDr. Krimigis' over 600 publications have elicited more than 14,000 citations  (Web of Science) and over 18,500 citations (Google Scholar). An interview with Thompson-Reuters on recent citations can be found at The complete CV including the list of publications through early 2016 can be accessed on-line at SMK_BriefBio_amp_amp_Publ_updated_4-21-16R.pdf.



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