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Benjamin Weiss

Professor of Planetary Sciences, Chair of the Program in Planetary Sciences

Benjamin Weiss is interested in the formation, evolution, and history of the terrestrial planets and small bodies, with particular interests in paleomagnetism and geomagnetism, planetary geophysics, meteoritics, and planetary paleoclimate and habitability. He studies meteorites and samples from extraterrestrial bodies to understand the history of these planetary geophysical and geochemical processes. He joined the MIT faculty in 2004.


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Visiting Miller Professor Award, U. C. Berkeley (2014) | Asteroid (8069) Benweiss, named (2012) | James B. Macelwane Medal, American Geophysical Union (2009) | Fellow, American Geophysical Union (2009) | Charles E. Reed Faculty Initiatives Fund Award (2007) | Victor P. Starr Career Development Chair (2006) | Runner Up, Planetary Sciences Best Student Paper Award 2002, Meteoritical Society and the Geological Society of America Division of Planetary Geology, 2003 | Milton and Francis Clauser Doctoral Prize (2003) | Everhart Distinguished Graduate Student Lecturer Award (2002) | Outstanding Student Paper Award, Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism Section, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting (2000) | Princeton-in- Asia International Fellow (1995-1996) | Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (1994-1995) | Magna cum Laude, Amherst College (1995) | Elected to Sigma Xi (1995) | Winner, Amherst College Great Minds Challenge (1993) | Bausch & Lomb Science Award (1987) | Selected as youngest Amateur Astronomer Principal Investigator (PI) on Hubble Space Telescope (HST) (1987)

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Ph.D., Planetary Science and Geology, California Institute of Technology, 2003
M.S., Planetary Science and Geology, California Institute of Technology, 2001
B.A., Physics (magna cum laude), Amherst College, 1995

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