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PSI’s Michelle Thomsen Named 2019 Arctowski Medal Recipient


Michelle Thomsen

The National Academy of Sciences announced that Planetary Science Institute Senior Scientist Michelle Thomsen will receive the 2019 Arctowski Medal for her outstanding contributions to the study of solar physics and solar terrestrial relationships.

Thomsen is receiving the Arctowski Medal in recognition of her “fundamental contributions to our understanding of the relationships between the Sun and its planetary bodies, with a particular emphasis on the physics of collisionless shocks and the dynamics of the planetary magnetospheres of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn,” the Academy said. Thomsen will receive a bronze medal, a $100,000 prize, and $100,000 to support research in solar physics and solar terrestrial relationships at an institution of her choice.

“I feel very humbled and grateful to the colleagues who nominated me, that they would consider me a suitable candidate. I am also grateful for all the wonderful research opportunities I have had, getting to work with data from amazing space missions and with a host of talented colleagues,” Thomsen said. “I find it particularly pleasing that the selection recognizes that "solar-terrestrial relationships" embraces other planetary magnetospheres as well as the Earth's, providing an even richer set of phenomena to explore.”

Feb. 3, 2019
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