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John H. Thomas

Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences (and Astronomy), Theoretical Astrophysics and Plasma Physics
Arts, Sciences, and Engineering

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Areas of expertise: Solar Astronomy

Press contact:
Peter Iglinski

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Professor Thomas received his Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences (1966) from Purdue University. After a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Cambridge, England, he joined the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Sciences (now Mechanical Engineering) at the University as an Assistant Professor in 1967. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1973 and to Professor in 1981. Since 1986 he has held a joint appointment as Professor of Astronomy. Prof. Thomas served as Associate Dean for Graduate studies in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (1981-1983) and as University Dean of Graduate Studies (1983-1991). Prof. Thomas has held visiting appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics, the Department of Theoretical Physics at the University of Oxford, the Sacramento Peak Observatory, the High Altitude Observatory (HAO), University of Sydney, LAEFF in Madrid, and the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics at the University of Cambridge. Since 1989 he has been an Affiliate Scientist at HAO. Prof. Thomas was a Guggenheim Fellow (1993-94) and is a past Chair of the Solar Physics Division of the American Astronomical Society. From 1993 through 2002 he was a Scientific Editor of The Astrophysical Journal. Prof. Thomas was elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2000 and elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007.