60 Years Space Physics Research Laboratory

SPRL at 60

Universities and Space Exploration

Panelist Biography

Photo - Tom CravensTom Cravens
University of Kansas
Department of Physics and Astronomy
Graduate Director


  • B.S. degree in Physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1970
  • Ph.D. degree in Astronomy from Harvard University in 1975


Employed at the University of Kansas since 1988. Currently Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Graduate Director. Previous employment includes research scientist and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan.

Research Experience

Theoretical modeling of atmospheres and the ionospheres of Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and comets including airglow, photoelectrons, energy balance, ion chemistry, x-ray emission, and ionosphere-magnetosphere interactions, studies of the solar wind interaction with non-magnetic planets including Venus, Mars, Titan, and comets and including MHD modeling, team member on the Cassini Ion-Neutral Mass Spectrometer. U.S. Co-I on the Rosetta mission RPC IES experiment.


More than 155 papers in major refereed journals plus more than 50 papers in other publications, chapters in books and author of an introductory graduate textbook.

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