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NASA Awards Top Medal of Honor to Greek-American Tom Krimigis PDF Print E-mail
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Stamatios (Tom) M. Krimigis (Greek: Σταμάτιος Κριμιζής) is a Greek-American scientist. He has contributed to many USA unmanned space exploration programs of the Solar System and beyond. He has contributed to exploration missions to almost every planet of the Solar System. In 1999, the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid 8323 Krimigis (previously 1979 UH) in his honor.

He was born in 1938 in Vrontados on the Greek island of Chios, Greece where he attended school. In the US, he studied at the University of Minnesota, and earned his Bachelor of Physics, 1961, his Master of Science at the University of Iowa in 1963 and his Ph.D. in 1965 in Physics.

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He is Head Emeritus of the Space Department Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University Laurel, Maryland, USA and he is a member of Academy of Athens, Greece, where he has the Chair of Science of Space. He is also the President of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology.

Tom Krimigis has been awarded the following lifetime achievements:
 

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (2004).
     
  • Member of the Academy of Athens, Chair of Science of Space (2004).
  • COSPAR Space Science Award (2002).
  • Smithsonian Institution Trophy (2002).
  • Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurels in Space Award (1996, 2001).
  • NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1981, 1986).
  • Basic Sciences Award, International Academy of Astronautics (1994).
  • Council of European Aerospace Societies Gold Medal (2011).
  • National Air and Space Museum Lifetime Achievement Trophy Award (2015).
  • American Astronomical Society Space Flight Award (2016).
  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal (2016).
     
  • Over 40 NASA and ESA Group Achievement Awards.


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