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Co-Investigator
01.21.11
 
Jack Lissauer

Jack Lissauer
Why I joined the Kepler Team
Kepler will tell us about the abundance of planets similar to our Earth. I want to be part of this great scientific adventure.

Kepler Job Description
Analyze multiple planet systems found by Kepler for dynamical stability. Relate the findings of the Kepler to models of planetary formation.

Background
Jack Lissauer received his Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. Berkeley. He taught at SUNY Stony Brook prior to joining the Planetary Systems Branch at NASA's Ames Research Center. His primary research interests are the formation of planetary systems, detection of extrasolar planets, planetary dynamics and chaos, planetary ring systems, and circumstellar/protoplanetary disks. Lissauer is co-discoverer of the first four planets known to orbit about faint M dwarf stars, and also co-discovered two faint outer rings and two small inner moons of the planet Uranus. He is the co-author of the graduate level textbook Planetary Sciences (which received the 2007 Chambliss Writing Prize from the American Astronomical Society). Lissauer was awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation fellowship, the 1992 Harold C. Urey Prize of the Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society, a 2006 SpotBeam Award from the California Space Authority, and was named an Ames Associate Fellow by NASA Ames in 2007.