Alexander J. Dessler
|Alexander J. Dessler|
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|Born||1928 (age 91–92)|
San Francisco, California United States
|Alma mater||California Institute of Technology,|
|Known for||Earth's Magnetosphere; Jupiter's Magnetosphere; Founding Chairman of the Department of Space Science, Rice University.|
|Spouse(s)||Lorraine Barbara Dessler|
|Awards||Macelwane Medal; Fleming Medal, Arctowski Medal|
Alexander J. Dessler (born 1928) is a space scientist and emeritus professor of Space Physics and Astronomy at Rice University. His research subject areas are magnetospheric physics, planetary magnetospheres, primarily of Jupiter and Planetary science. He was the founding chair of the Department of Space Science at Rice University, later known as the Department of Space Physics and Astronomy.
Early life and education
Dessler began his career working for Lockheed Missiles and Space Company. In 1963, Dessler came to Rice University to found the country's first "space science" department, bringing together scientists and researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, atmospheric sciences, and the nascent field of space physics. Dessler served three terms as chair of the department over the course of his career and retired emeritus in 1992.
Awards and honors
- 1963 - American Geophysical Union Macelwane Medal.  This also was the occasion of being named  Fellow of the American Geophysical Union
- 1993 - American Geophysical Union John Adam Fleming Medal Winner
- 2015 - National Academy of Sciences Arctowski Medal
Dessler, A. J., Early History of Rice University Space Science Department (2014), retrieved from |url = http://space.rice.edu/alumni/pdf/rice_space_science_history.pdf%7C Dessler, A. J. and E. N. Parker, Hydromagnetic theory of geomagnetic storms, J. Geophys. Res., 64, p. 2239-2252, 1959. doi: 10.1029/JZ064i012p02239
Dessler, A. J., Solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field, Rev. Geophys., 5, p. 1-41, 1967.
Hill, T. W. and A. J. Dessler, Plasma motions in planetary magnetospheres, Science, 252, p 410-415, 1991.
Hill, T. W., A. J. Dessler, and F. C. Michel, Configuration of the Jovian magnetosphere, Geophys. Res Let., 1, p 3-6, 1974.
Dessler, A. J., The Role of Space Science in Graduate Education, EOS, 49, no. 3, American Geophysical Union, 1968.
Dessler, A. J., The Role of Basic Research in Universities, EOS, 50, p. 508-511, American Geophysical Union, 1969.
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