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Edward Smith

  • B.A., UCLA, (1951) with honors.
  • M.A., UCLA, (1952)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, UCLA, (1959)

Research Interests
  • Experimental physics
  • Measurement of magnetic and electric fields in space
  • Heliospheric and Magnetospheric physics
  • Description and properties of planetary magnetic fields and planetary interiors
  • Solar modulation of galactic cosmic rays
  • Hydromagnetic shocks, waves and discontinuities
  • Properties of heliospheric and magnetospheric current sheets
  • Origin of the solar-heliospheric magnetic field


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Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1961-Present)
    • Research Group Supervisor (1966-Present)
    • Manager of Space Physics Section (1987-1988)
    • Study Scientist of Outer Planets Grand Tour/ Mariner- Jupiter -Saturn (Pre-Voyager missions)
  • Space Technology Laboratories (Now TRW Inc.), Member of the Technical Staff (1959-1961)
  • UCLA Institute of Geophysics, Research Geophysicist (1956-1959)
  • UCLA Department of Physics, Teaching Assistant (1955)
  • Northrop Aircraft, Analyst (1952-1954)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Juno Science Team (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, Juno Proposal Team (2012)
  • National Academy of Sciences 2005 Arctowski Medal for Solar Physics
  • Recipient of two NASA Medals for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.
  • American Geophysical Union Fellow
  • Member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Selected Publications
  1. Smith, E.J., Balogh, A., Forsyth, R.F., Tsurutani, B.T., and R.P. Lepping, "Recent observations of the Heliospheric Magnetic Field at Ulysses: Return to low latitude," Adv. Space Res., 26, No. 5, 823-832, 2000
  2. Smith, E.J., Jokipii, J.R., Kota, J., Lepping, R.P., and Szabo, A., "Evidence of a north-south asymmetry in the heliosphere associated with a southward displacement of the heliospheric current sheet," The Astrophysical Journal, 533:1084-1089, 2000
  3. Winterhalter, D., Smith, E.J., Neugebauer, M., Goldstein, B.E., and Tsurutani, B.T., "The latitudinal distribution of solar wind magnetic holes," Geophys. Res. Lett., 27, No. 11, 1615-1619, 2000
  4. Smith, E.J., "The Sun, solar wind, and magnetic field. I," Proceedings of the International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi" Course CXLII, B. Coppi, A Ferrari and E. Sindoni (Eds.), IOS Press, 179, Amsterdam 2000
  5. Smith, E.J., "The heliosphere and beyond. II," Proceedings of the International School of Physics "Enrico Fermi," Course CXLII, B. Coppi, A. Ferrari and E. Sindoni (Eds.), IOS Press, 205, Amsterdam 2000
  6. Smith, E.J., "The heliospheric current sheet," J. Geophys. Res., 106, No. A8, 15,819-15,831, 2001
  7. Crooker, N.,U., S.W. Kahler, J.T. Gosling, D.E. Larson, R.P. Lepping, E.J. Smith, and J. De Keyser, "Scales of heliospheric current sheet coherence between 1 and 5 AU," J. Geophys. Res., 106, No. A8, 15,963-15,971, 2001
  8. A. Balogh, R.G. Marsden, E. J. Smith, Eds. "The Heliosphere Near Soalr Minimum; The Ulysses Perspective," Praxis Pub. Co., Chichester, UK, 2001
  9. E. J. Smith, M. K. Dougherty, C. T. Russell, D. J. Southwood, "Scalar helium magnetometer observations at Cassini Earth swing-by," J. Geophys. Res., 106, 30,129-30,139, (2001)
  10. Jones, G.H., E.A. Lucek, A. Balogh, R.J. MacDowall, D.J. McComas and E.J. Smith, "A high-latitude interplanetary magnetic field enhancement at Ulysses," J. Geophys. Res. 107, No. A5, 10.1029/200IJA000098, 2002
  11. Neugebauer, M., P.C. Liewer, and E.J. Smith, "Sources of the solar wind at solar activity maximum," J. Geophys. Res., 107, No. A12, 1488, 2002
  12. E.J. Smith et al., "The Sun and heliosphere at Solar maximum," SCIENCE, 302, 1165-1169, (2003)
  13. E. J. Smith and R. G. Marsden, "Ulysses Observations at Solar Maximum: Introduction," Geophys. Res. Lett., 19,ULY 1-1- ULY 1-4, (2003)
  14. E. J. Smith and A. Balogh, "Open Magnetic Flux: Variation with Latitude and Solar Cycle," Solar Wind Ten, Ed. M. Velli, R. Bruno and F. Malara, American Institute of Physics, CP679, 67-70, (2003)
  15. M.K. Dougherty, S. Kellock, D. J. Southwood, A. Balogh, E. J. Smith et al., "The Cassini Magnetic field investigation," Space Science Reviews, to appear, (2004)
  16. E. J. Smith, "Magnetic Field in the Outer Heliosphere," Proceedings of the Third Astrophysics Conference, American Institute of Physics, to appear, (2004).

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