Jack J. Lissauer

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Jack J. Lissauer

Jack Jonathan Lissauer (born 1957) is an American research scientist who has worked for NASA's Ames Research Center since 1996. He is a science co-investigator on the Kepler space telescope mission.


Lissauer received a PhD in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982.

Prior to joining NASA, Lissauer was an associate professor (September 1993 - August 1996) and assistant professor (June 1987 - August 1993) at Stony Brook University. Earlier, he served as a visiting researcher at the University of California, Santa Barbara (July 1985 - June 1987) and as an assistant research astronomer at the University of California, Berkeley (January 1985 - July 1985).

His primary research interests are the formation of planetary systems, planetary dynamics and chaos, planetary ring systems, and circumstellar/protoplanetary disks.

He discovered, together with Mark R. Showalter, the inner satellites of Uranus: Cupid and Mab. With Showalter, I. de Pater and R. S. French, he also discovered the small satellite of Neptune S/2004 N1. In 2014, he was given the H. Julian Allen Award for his paper "Models of Jupiter's growth incorporating thermal and hydrodynamic constraints".[1] His previous awards include the Harold C. Urey Prize from Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society (AAS), the Chambliss Writing Prize from the AAS and a NASA Honor Award for Exceptional Scientific Achievement.


  1. ^ Lissauer, J. J.; Hubickyj, O.; D'Angelo, G.; Bodenheimer, P. (2009). "Models of Jupiter's growth incorporating thermal and hydrodynamic constraints" (PDF). Icarus 199: 338–350. arXiv:0810.5186. Bibcode:2009Icar..199..338L. doi:10.1016/j.icarus.2008.10.004. 

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