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SAN ANTONIO – September 20, 2022 – Dr. William Bottke, Director of the Division of Space Studies at the Southwest Research Institute, has been appointed a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (AGU).
“It is a great honor to be recognized by my colleagues in planetary sciences,” Bottke said. “I greatly appreciate the support I have received throughout my career from this wonderful group of scholars.”
Bottke specializes in studies of planet formation and the origin and evolution of groups of small bodies throughout the solar system. It also studies how asteroids and comets have bombed Earth, the Moon, and other worlds throughout its history, among other topics.
“Dr. Dr. Robin Kanup, Assistant Vice President of Space Science and Engineering at SwRI, said Botke is an exceptional and creative scientist, with an unparalleled passion and inspiration to pursue answers to exciting questions about the origin and evolution of our solar system.” from the Arab Gulf University in recognition of his extensive and influential contributions in our field.
Bottke works on the science teams for four NASA missions: OSIRIS-REx, Lucy, Psyche and the Near-Earth Object Survey. All of these spacecraft and telescope missions seek to expand our knowledge of asteroids and what they can tell us about the formation of our solar system. He also participated in the Decadal Survey of Planetary Science and Astrobiology 2023-2032, which was published in April. He led a team for NASA’s Virtual Solar System Exploration Research Institute from 2013 to 2019, and that of its predecessor, the NASA Lunar Science Institute, from 2009 to 2013.
Bottke delivered the Shoemaker Lecture at the AGU Autumn Meeting in 2015 and the Kavli Lecture at 229The tenth Meeting of the American Astronomical Society in 2017. He became a Fellow of the Meteoritical Society in 2016. In 2011, he was awarded the first Paolo Farinella Prize, in recognition of his important contributions to planetary science. As a student at the University of Arizona, he was awarded the Gerald P. Kuiper Memorial Award, which recognizes high-quality research and scholastic excellence. The main belt asteroid (7355) Putki was named in his honor.
Bottke earned two BA degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of Minnesota in 1988, both with honors. Graduated from the University of Arizona in 1995 with a Ph.D. in Planetary Science. He is the author of more than 500 publications and was a senior editor at Asteroids III and editor Asteroids IV, two volumes in the Space Science Series from University of Arizona Press. He joined SwRI in 2000.
Founded in 1919, AGU is an international, non-profit scientific association that supports 60,000 members in 137 countries. Its mission is to support and inspire a global community of individuals and organizations interested in advancing discovery in the Earth and space sciences and its benefit to humanity and the environment.
Since 1962, AGU has elected less than 0.1 percent of its members annually to join the ranks of the Fellowship. This prestigious appointment recognizes guild members who have made “exceptional contributions to Earth and space sciences through breakthrough, discovery, or innovation in their field.” Only 59 of the 60,000 members have been named fellows this year, an honor that will be awarded on December 14 at the fall 2022 AGU meeting in Chicago.
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