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Lunine, Jonathan I.





Jonathan Lunine
Professor in the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona. Lunine's research interests include the evolution of brown dwarfs, the formation of planets, giant planet evolution, the evolution of Titan's atmosphere and surface processes, and organic chemistry leading to the origin of life. He is an interdisciplinary scientist on the Cassini mission to Saturn and was a guest investigator on Voyager. Lunine is the past chair of NASA's Solar System Exploration Subcommittee, a former member of the SSB's Committee on Planetary and Lunary Exploration, and he recently chaired the SSB's Steering Group for the Workshop on Substellar Mass Objects. He is currently a member of the Space Studies Board. Lunine is the author of the book Earth : Evolution of a Habitable World (Cambridge University Press, 1999). He earned a B.S. in physics and astronomy from the University of Rochester in 1980 and a Ph.D. in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology in 1985.


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