color photo Professor C. T. Russell is a member of the faculties of both the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and the Department of Earth and Space Sciences. He is acting System-wide Director of IGPP. He is the head of the Space Physics Center in IGPP, UCLA and the Director of the UCLA Branch of the California Space Grant Consortium. He is the principal investigator on the POLAR mission; a co-investigator on the magnetometer team on the Cassini mission to Saturn; the ROMAP investigation on the Rosetta mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko; the IMPACT investigation on the STEREO mission to study solar and solar wind disturbances; the THEMIS mission to study substorms; and the magnetometer investigation on the Venus Express mission to study the solar wind interaction with Venus. He is the principal investigator of the Dawn mission to the asteroids Vesta and Ceres.
C.T. Russell with Dawn launch vehicle  

Professor of Geophysics and Space Physics; Department of Earth and Space Sciences and Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics. B.Sc. University of Toronto 1964; Ph.D University of California Los Angeles 1968; Fellow of American Geophysical Union, American Association for the Advancement of Science; an Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society; Macelwane Award (1977), and Fleming medal (2003) American Geophysical Union; COSPAR Science Award, 2002. Asteroid 21459 Chrisrussell was named after him by the IAU in 2008.

Resume   Research   Students   Current Committee Assignments  
Publications   Online Papers   Books Edited   Scientific Illustrations   Miscellaneous
ESS 9 ESS 200C ESS 265 Class Syllabi

Christopher T. Russell
Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics / UCLA
Los Angeles CA 90024-1567
Telephone: (310)825-3188
FAX: (310)206-3051
Internet e-mail: