Stamatios Krimigis

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Stamatios (Tom) M. Krimigis
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Stamatios (Tom) M. Krimigis
Stamatios M. Krimigis

(1938-09-10) September 10, 1938 (age 84)
Vrontados, Chios, Greece
EmployerApplied Physics Laboratory
TitleHead Emeritus, Space Department

Stamatios (Tom) M. Krimigis (Greek: Σταμάτιος Κριμιζής, born September 10, 1938) is a Greek-American scientist in space exploration. He has contributed to many 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 the Solar System.[1][2] In 1999, the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid 8323 Krimigis (previously 1979 UH) in his honor.[2]


He was born in 1938 in Vrontados of Chios, Greece, where he attended school.[2] 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.[2] He was a student of James Van Allen.[2]

He is Head Emeritus of the Space Department Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University Laurel, Maryland, United States and he is a member of Academy of Athens, Greece, where he has the Chair of Science of Space.[2] He is also the President of the Greek National Council for Research and Technology.[1]

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.[3]

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.[2][3] Krimigis has also worked on the Advanced Composition Explorer, the Mariner 5, MESSENGER and New Horizons programs.[3]

Krimigis was featured in the 2017 documentary film The Farthest about the Voyager program.



  1. ^ a b Brief Curriculum Vitae and publications, Johns Hopkins University.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Europlanet Interview: Stamatios (Tom) Krimigis, Europlanet.
  3. ^ a b c STAMATIOS M. KRIMIGIS. "STAMATIOS M. KRIMIGIS - Curriculum Vitae" (PDF). Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL). Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  4. ^ "Announcement of ΕΕΦ Award" (PDF). University of Athens (in Greek). Retrieved 2022-09-09.
  5. ^ "Space Flight Award | American Astronautical Society".
  6. ^ "Press Release".

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