|This article's factual accuracy is disputed. (August 2011)|
|Stamatios (Tom) M. Krimigis|
|Born||Stamatios M. Krimigis
September 10, 1938
Vrontados, Chios, Greece
|Employer||Applied Physics Laboratory|
|Title||Head Emeritus, Space Department|
Stamatios (Tom) M. Krimigis (Greek: Σταμάτιος Κριμιζής) is a Greek-American scientist in space exploration. He has contributed to the majority of the United States' unmanned space exploration programs of the Solar system and beyond. He has contributed to exploration missions to almost every planet of our 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 of Chios, Greece where he attended school. In the United States 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. He was a student of James Van Allen.
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.
Krimigis has been the Principal Investigator for MIMI on Cassini–Huygens, the Low Energy Charged Particle Experiment (LECP) on Voyager 1 and Voyager 2, and for the CPME on Explorer 47.
He is Co-Investigator for LAN/HI-SCALE on Ulysses solar polar orbiter, EPIC on GEOTAIL, EDP for Galileo mission, TRD on Mariner 3, and for the LECR on Mariner 4. Krimigis has also worked on the Advanced Composition Explorer experiment for the Explorer 50, the Mariner 5, MESSENGER and New Horizons programs.
- Fellow, APS, AGU, AAAS, AIAA.
- 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).
- Over 40 NASA and ESA Group Achievement Awards.