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Jack Wisdom

Professor of Planetary Sciences

Jack Wisdom's research interests include the long-term evolution of the orbits and spins of the planets and natural satellites, qualitative behavior of dynamical systems and chaotic behavior.



Tian, Z. L. and Wisdom, J. (2020) Vertical angular momentum constraint on lunar formation and orbital history PNAS.

Wisdom, J. (2020) Meteorite Transport Revisited II MAPS.

Wisdom, J. (2018) The Dynamical Sytems Approach to Numerical Integration MNRAS, vol. 474, p. 3273.

Wisdom, J. (2017) Meteorite Transport Revisited MAPS, vol. 52, p. 1660.

Tian, Z. L., Wisdom, J., and Elkins-Tanton, L. (2017) Coupled thermal-orbital evolution of the early Earth-Moon system with a fast-spinning Earth Icarus, vol 281, p. 90.

Wisdom, J. (2017) Sympletic test particle encounters: a comparison of methods  MNRAS, vol. 464, p. 2350

Wisdom, J. and Meyer, J. (2016) Dynamic Elastic Tides Celest. Mech. Dyn. Astr., vol. 126, p. 1

Wisdom, J. and Hubbard, W. (2016) Differential Rotation in Jupiter: A Comparison of Methods Icarus, vol. 267, p.315

Wisdom, J. (2015) Resolving the Pericenter Astronomical Journal, vol. 150, no. 4, doi: 10.1088/0004-6256/150/4/127

Wisdom, J. and Hernandez, D. M. (2015) A fast and accurate universal Kepler solver without Stumpff series Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, vol. 453, no. 3, pp. 3015-3023, doi: 10.1093/mnras/stv1862

Wisdom, J. and Tian, Z. L. (2015) Early evolution of the Earth-Moon system with a fast-spinning Earth Icarus, vol. 256, pp. 138-146, doi: 10.1016/j.icarus.2015.02.025






Member, National Academy of Sciences (2008) | John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow (1994) | Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992) | NSF Presidential Young Investigator (1988-1994) | Helen B. Warner Prize of the American Astronomical Society (1987) | Harold C. Urey Prize of the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences (1986)

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Ph.D., Physics, California Institute of Technology, 1981
B.S., Physics, Rice University, 1976

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