||Jonathan Lunine is Professor of Planetary Sciences and Physics and a Galileo Circle Faculty Fellow at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is the David Baltimore Distinguished Visiting Scientist at NASA's Jet
Propulsion Laboratory, where he serves on the Director's Council.
Lunine's research interests center broadly on the formation and evolution of planets and planetary systems, the nature of organics in the outer solar system, and
the processes that lead to the formation of habitable worlds. He is an interdisciplinary scientist on the Cassini mission to Saturn, and on the James Webb Space Telescope, as well as co-investigator on the Juno mission
under development for launch to Jupiter. He chairs the ExoPlanet Task force of the Astronomy and Astrophysics Advisory Committee chartered by NASA and the NSF. Dr. Lunine is the author of over 180 scientific papers and of the
books Earth: Evolution of a Habitable World (Cambridge University Press,
1999), and Astrobiology: A Multidisciplinary Approach (Pearson
He is a fellow of the American Association for the
Advancement of Science and of the American Geophysical Union, which awarded
him the James B. Macelwane medal. Other awards include the Harold C. Urey
Prize (American Astronomical Society) and Ya. B. Zeldovich Award of COSPAR's
Commission B. He earned a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the University
of Rochester in 1980, followed by M.S. (1983) and Ph.D. (1985) degrees in
Planetary Science from the California Institute of Technology.
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