John Gosling, a senior research associate at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, was one of 18 individuals honored by the National Academy of Sciences for outstanding scientific achievements.
Gosling received the Arctowski Medal for his research contributions regarding the generation of energetic solar events, including solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Gosling’s research has provided new insights as to how these phenomena impact both Earth and the larger region of space dominated by the sun known as the heliosphere.
Gosling is a retired laboratory fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M. The Arctowski Medal is given every two years to individuals for their studies in solar physics and solar-terrestrial relationships. It carries an award of $20,000 to the winner, as well as an additional $60,000 for supporting research.
“I was very surprised and pleased when I learned about this,” Gosling said. “I know many of the past recipients, and it is an honor to have been selected.”
The National Academy of Sciences annually recognizes top scientific achievements in a wide range of fields spanning the physical, biological and social sciences. The 2013 recipients will be honored in a ceremony April 28 during the organization’s 150th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Gosling is the recipient of numerous awards. He was elected a fellow of the American Geophysical Union in 1991 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. He was recognized as one of the most highly cited researchers in the space sciences by the Institute for Scientific Information in 2002.