Thomas E. Cravens

Thomas Cravens
  • Professor
  • AAAS Fellow
  • Research Interests: Space Physics
  • Physics & Astronomy

Contact Info

Call Me:
Malott Hall, room 6050L
1251 Wescoe Hall Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045


1991-present: Professor, University of Kansas

1988-1991: Associate Professor, University of Kansas


PhD in Astronomy, Harvard, 1975
BS in Physics, State University of New York, 1970, Stony Brook
Summa Cum Laude


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. 

Selected Publications

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


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