Louis J. Lanzerotti

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Louis John Lanzerotti (born April 16, 1938)[1] is a research Professor of physics in the Center for Solar-Terrestrial Research at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark, New Jersey.


Louis earned a BS in Engineering Physics degree in 1960 from University of Illinois. He also obtained both a MS degree in Physics in 1963 and a PhD degree in Physics in 1965 from Harvard University.


Louis has authored or co-authored of more than 500 refereed publications. He has co-authored of a book and co-edited of 4 books.

He has seven patents issued or filed.

He was a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Lucent Technologies and is currently Distinguished Research Professor of Physics at NJIT.

He was appointed by US President George W. Bush to the National Science Board, the 24-member governing body of the National Science Foundation (NSF)[2] and served a 6-year term from 2004 to 2010. He served on the board as a Board Consultant from May 2010 until April 2012.[3]

Louis served as the Chair (Mayor) of Harding Township Committee in New Jersey in 2009.

Lanzerotti led a 12-member panel organized by the National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies to identify possible causes of unintended acceleration in vehicles in the aftermath of Toyota's large automobile recalls.

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Recipient of NASA Scientific Achievement Medal (1996).
  • Recipient of Antarctica Service Medal.
  • Recipient of Committee on Space Research (COSPAR)'s William Nordberg Medal.
  • Mount Lanzerotti (coordinates 74° 50’ S|71° 33’ W) is named for Prof. Lanzerotti and rises to about 1,550 m in Ellsworth Land in the northernmost region of the Sky-Hi Nunataks Range of Antarctica.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ http://www.njit.edu/news/2004/2004-153.php "NJIT : Bush Nominates NJIT Space Explorer Louis Lanzerotti To NSF Governing Board"
  3. ^ http://www.nsf.gov/nsb/members/index.jsp "National Science Foundation : Board Members"

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