John S. Lewis
|John S. Lewis|
|Born||John Simpson Lewis Jr.
June 27, 1941
Trenton, New Jersey
|Fields||chemistry of the Solar System, space resources, impact hazards|
|Alma mater||Princeton University
University of California, San Diego
|Doctoral advisor||Harold Urey|
|Other academic advisors||George B. Field, Alexander Kaczmarczyk, Robert Pease|
|Doctoral students||Ronald G Prinn, Carl Pilcher, Stuart J Weidenschilling, Stephen Barshay, Mark Sonter|
|Other notable students||David Grinspoon
Thomas David Jones
|Notable awards||James B Macelwayne Award of the American Geophysical Union, NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal|
John S. Lewis (born June 27, 1941) is a Professor Emeritus of planetary science at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. His interests in the chemistry and formation of the solar system and the economic development of space have made him a leading proponent of turning potentially hazardous near-Earth objects into attractive space resources.
The son of John Simpson Lewis, a YMCA professional, and Elsie Dinsmore Vandenbergh, a school teacher. Lewis received his B.S. in chemistry from Princeton University in 1962 as a National Merit Scholar. He then continued his education at Dartmouth College receiving his M.A. in inorganic chemistry in 1964. He received his Ph.D in geochemistry and cosmochemistry from University of California, San Diego in 1968, where he studied under Harold Urey. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Lewis taught space sciences and cosmochemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
An expert on the composition and chemistry of asteroids and comets, Lewis has written such popular science books as Rain of Iron and Ice and Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets. Lewis is a frequent commentator on the Chinese network CCTV when China broadcasts its major missions live.
He was a member of the Board of Directors of American Rocket Company and is currently Chief Scientist at Deep Space Industries.
In February 2013, Dr Lewis will assume the role of Chief Scientist for the firm Deep Space Industries. Dr. Lewis will focus on strategic planning, mission development and processing concepts for Deep Space.
- Planets and Their Atmospheres: Origin and Evolution. 1984. ISBN 0124465803.
- Space Resources: Breaking the Bonds of Earth. 1987. ISBN 0231064985.
- Resources of Near-Earth Space. 1993. ISBN 0816514046.
- Physics and Chemistry of the Solar System. 1995. ISBN 0124467407.
- Rain of Iron and Ice: The Very Real Threat of Comet and Asteroid Bombardment. 1996. ISBN 0201489503.
- Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets. 1997. ISBN 0201479591.
- Worlds Without End: The Exploration of Planets Known and Unknown. 1998. ISBN 0738200115.
- Comet and Asteroid Impact Hazards on a Populated Earth: Computer Modeling. 2000. ISBN 0124467601.
- Asteroid mining 101: wealth for a new space economy. 2014. ISBN 978-0-9905842-0-9.
- Marshall Savage - author of The Millennial Project: Colonizing the Galaxy in Eight Easy Steps
- Gerard O'Neill - author of The High Frontier: Human Colonies in Space
- James Benson - founder of the SpaceDev company
- The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must by Robert Zubrin
- Engines of Creation by K. Eric Drexler
- Asteroid 3554 Amun
- John Lewis's web page at the University of Arizona.
- Personal blog
- The Extraterrestrial Commodities Market airspacemag.com