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Alexander J. Dessler

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Alexander J. Dessler
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Born1928 (age 91–92)
San Francisco, California United States
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology,
Duke University
Known forEarth's Magnetosphere; Jupiter's Magnetosphere; Founding Chairman of the Department of Space Science, Rice University.
Spouse(s)Lorraine Barbara Dessler
AwardsMacelwane 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[edit]

Dessler was born October 21, 1928, in San Francisco, California. He received a B.S. in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1952 and a Ph.D in Physics from Duke University in 1956.


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.

In 1993, Dessler took a research scientist position at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. In 2007, he became an adjunct at Texas A&M University. He is now fully retired.

Personal life[edit]

Dessler and his wife Lorraine had four children, including Texas A & M atmospheric scientist Andrew Dessler.

Awards and honors[edit]


Books authored[edit]

Physics of the Jovian Magnetosphere. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1983. ISBN 9780521520065.

Selected articles[edit]

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.


External links[edit]

Category:American space scientists Category:Living people Category:Rice University faculty Category:1928 births Category:People from California

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