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2013 "Niki" Award Recipient

"for his distinguished contribution to science, which includes his pioneering contribution into Space physics and exploration."


Stamatios M. Krimigis

Head Emeritus and Principal Staff
Applied Physics Laboratory,
Johns Hopkins University

Stamatios M. Krimigis (Greek: Σταμάτιος Κριμιζής) is a Greek-American scientist in space exploration. He has contributed to the majority 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 our solar system. In 1999, the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid 8323 Krimigis (previously 1979 UH) in his honor.

Krimigis was born in 1938 in Vrontado of Chios, Greece, where he attended school. 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. He was a student of James Van Allen.

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

Krimigis' research interests include the Earth's environment, its magnetosphere, the sun, the interplanetary medium, and the magnetospheres of the planets.

Krimigis spearheaded the establishment of NASA's Discovery program for low-cost planetary missions. The first such mission, NEAR, was developed at APL, launched in 1996, orbited asteroid Eros for a year, and landed on February 12, 2001.
Krimigis has built instruments that have flown to all eight planets, the only scientist to do so. He 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. 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. He has also worked on the Advanced Composition Explorer experiment for the Explorer 50, the Mariner 5, MESSENGER and New Horizons programs.

Krimigis has published more than 530 papers (27 in Science, 10 in Nature) in journals and books and is co-editor of the book Saturn from Cassini-Huygens (Springer, 2009). There are over 9500 citations to the work of S. M. Krimigis, not including citations to book chapters and conference proceedings.


Lifetime Achievement Award, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (2004)
Member of the Academy of Athens, Chair of Science of Space (2004)
COSPAR Space Science Award (2002)
Smithsonian Institution Trophy (2002)
Aviation Week and Space Technology Laurels in Space Award (1996, 2001)
NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1981, 1986)
Basic Sciences Award, International Academy of Astronautics (1994)
Council of European Aerospace Societies Gold Medal (2011)
Over 40 NASA and ESA Group Achievement Awards

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