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Jack Gosling

Space Plasma Physicist


  • Phone: 303-735-5536
  • Fax: 303-492-6444
  • Office: SPSC-N278


Dr. John (Jack) T. Gosling is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. He is also a retired Laboratory Fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He received his PhD in physics from the University of California Berkeley in 1965. His research has focused on the large-scale structure and magnetic topology of the solar wind, coronal mass ejections, solar wind and geomagnetic disturbances, magnetic reconnection, collisionless shocks, and particle acceleration in space. He has worked extensively with plasma and magnetic field data from Vela 2 and 3, IMP 6, 7, and 8, ISEE 1, 2, and 3, Helios, Ulysses, Wind, the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE), and STEREO and with coronagraph data from Skylab. He was the Principal Investigator for data analysis for plasma experiments on IMP 6, 7, and 8 and ISEE 1, 2, and 3. He is currently actively involved in analyzing and interpreting solar wind data from ACE, Wind, and STEREO


Ohio University — Athens, Ohio
BS Physics

University of California — Berkeley, California
PhD Physics


Analysis and interpretation of space plasma data.
Space plasma physics, with emphasis on the solar-terrestrial connection, the Sun, the solar wind, and the solar wind's interaction with Earth's magnetosphere.


Magnetic reconnection in the solar wind.


Publications since 1980
Gosling, J. T., Solar Wind Stream Evolution, in Solar Wind 4, edited by H. Rosenbauer, Report No. MPAE-W-100-81-31, pp. 107-117, 1981.

Gosling, J. T., J. R. Asbridge, S. J. Bame, W. C. Feldman, G. Paschmann, and N. Sckopke, Solar Wind Ions Accelerated to 40 keV by Shock Wave Disturbances, J. Geophys. Res., 85, 744-752, 1980.

Greenstadt, E. W., C. T. Russell, J. T. Gosling, S. J. Bame, G. Paschmann, G. K. Parks, K. A. Anderson, F. L. Scarf, R. R. Anderson, D. A. Gurnett, R. P. Lin, and H. Reme, A Macroscopic Profile of the Typical Quasi-Perpendicular Bow Shock: ISEE 1 & 2, J. Geophys. Res., 85, 2124-2130, 1980.

Bame, S. J., J. R. Asbridge, W. C. Feldman, J. T. Gosling, G. Paschmann, and N. Sckopke, Deceleration of the Solar Wind Upstream from the Earth's Bowshock and the Origin of Diffuse Upstream Ions, J. Geophys. Res., 85, 2981-2990, 1980.

Gosling, J. T., J. R. Asbridge, S. J. Bame, W. C. Feldman. and R. D. Zwickl, Observations of Large Fluxes [...]

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American Geophysical Union (Fellow)
American Physical Society (Member)
American Association for Advancement of Science (Fellow)
International Astronomical Union (Member)

Honors and awards

Technology Achievement Award - National Center for Atmospheric Research, 1974.
Distinguished Performance Award (Individual), Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1988.
Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1991.
Fellow, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1992.
Distinguished Performance Award (Large Team), Los Alamos National Laboratory, 1994.
Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing:
Journal of Geophysical Research - 1992, 1994, 1997.
Geophysical Research Letters – 1995, 2008.
Reviews of Geophysics - 2000.
John Adam Fleming Medal, American Geophysical Union, 2000.
Institute for Scientific Information recognition as one of most highly cited researchers in space sciences - 2002.
Parker/Bowie Lecture, American Geophysical Union, May, 2004.
Fellow, American Association for Advancement of Science, 2007


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