Michael N. Mautner (born February 19, 1942 in Budapest, Hungary) is a researcher in physical chemistry, astrobiology and astroecology.
- 1966 B.Sc. Hebrew University
- 1968 M. Sc. Georgetown University
- 1975 Ph.D. Rockefeller University (with F. H. Field)
Mautner served as Associate and Assistant Professor at the Rockefeller University, Adjunct Professor and Senior Fellow at the University of Canterbury, Marsden Fellow and Senior Research Fellow Lincoln University, and Research Chemist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He currently serves as Research Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He served on the editorial boards of “Space Science and Resources” and “Astrobiology”, and member of the Chemistry Board and Space Settlement Board of the Lifeboat Foundation.
In 1995, he founded the volunteer-based The Panspermia Society (Society for Life in Space - SOLIS), that aims to expand life in space by directed panspermia missions. The SOLIS program is motivated by biotic ethics that value our family of self-propagating gene/protein life, and panbiotic ethics that seeks to start life in new solar systems.