Frances Bagenal

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Frances Bagenal
Born (1954-11-04) 4 November 1954 (age 64)
Alma materLancaster University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known forWork on NASA planetary exploration missions as a plasma scientist
Scientific career
FieldsPlanetary science

Frances "Fran" Bagenal (born 1954) is a Professor of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder and a researcher in the fields of space plasmas and planetary magnetospheres.


Bagenal has worked on a number of planetary science missions including the Voyager Plasma Science (PLS) experiment, Galileo, Deep Space 1, New Horizons mission to Pluto, and the Juno mission to Jupiter.[1] Usually in her work on different missions, she is a member of the science team as a plasma scientist.[2] Bagenal chairs NASA's Outer Planet Assessment Group that provides input from the scientific community on exploration of the outer solar system.[3] She was selected to be a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 2006.[4]


Selected publications[edit]

  • Bagenal, Fran; Dowling, Timothy E.; McKinnon, William B. (2007). Jupiter: The Planet, Satellites and Magnetosphere. Cambridge University Press. p. 732. ISBN 978-0-5218-1808-7.
  • Bagenal, Fran; Keiling, Andreas; Donovan, Eric; Karlsson, Tomas (2012). Auroral Phenomenology and Magnetospheric Processes: Earth and Other Planets. American Geophysical Union. p. 443. ISBN 978-0-8759-0487-0.


  1. ^ "Frances Bagenal's Curriculum Vitae" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Fran Bagenal's NASA profile". Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Fran Bagenal".
  4. ^ "Fellows Winners Search". AGU – American Geophysical Union. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  5. ^ "10020 Bagenal (1979 OQ5)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 June 2019.
  6. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 3 June 2019.

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