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Thomas E. Cravens

Primary office:
6050L Malott Hall


Professional Background

1991-present: Professor, University of Kansas
1988-1991: Associate Professor, University of Kansas


1975: Ph.D. Astronomy, Harvard University
1970: B.S. Physics, Summa Cum Laude, State University of New York at Stony Brook


My research has emphasized how solar radiation and the solar wind interact with planets and other objects in our solar system, such as comets. I am particularly interested in sources of X-ray emission throughout the solar system. The Space Physics group at KU has also recently undertaken a number of studies of the upper atmosphere of Titan and its interaction with Saturn's magnetosphere. I am a member of the science team for the Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer (INMS) experiment onboard the Cassini spacecraft which is now orbiting Saturn. 


  • Member, Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics Honor Society)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union
  • Member, American Physical Society
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • International Academy of Astronautics 

Selected Publications

Selected Awards & Honors

  • 2005: Higuchi Research Award
  • 2003: Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, American Geophysical Union
  • 2001: Fellow, American Geophysical Union
  • 2000: Department of Physics & Astronomy Undergraduate Teaching Award