David J. McComas Will Receive the 2023 Arctowski Medal

Jan. 23, 2023

McComas has made seminal contributions through innovative mission and instrumentation development that have benefited and supported the entire scientific community and led ground-breaking observations, analysis, and discovery of fundamental physics of the heliosphere and the very local interstellar medium, the solar wind, and the Earth’s and other planetary magnetospheres.

By developing new instrumentation and missions, taking measurements with novel techniques and of previously unexplored regions of the solar system, and innovatively analyzing and publishing these observations, McComas has made numerous and wide-ranging discoveries that have significantly advanced our knowledge and understanding of the global structure and evolution of the solar wind and revolutionized our understanding of its interaction with the local interstellar medium (LISM). He has led or leads the TWINS, IBEX, and IMAP NASA missions as well as space instruments for numerous other missions, including the Parker Solar Probe, the ACE composition explorer, the New Horizons mission to Pluto, Juno to Jupiter, and Cassini to Saturn.

McComas’ contributions include a deep commitment to international collaboration and dedication to mentoring and training the next generation of space physics explorers.

The Arctowski Medal is presented every two years to recognize outstanding contributions to the study of solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships. The Medal is now presented with an award of $100,000, plus $100,000, to support research in solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships at an institution of the recipient's choice. The Arctowski Medal was established in 1958 by the bequest of Jane Arctowska in honor of her husband, Henryk Arctowski.

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