Richard Kaufmann

Title: Physics Professor
Company: University of New Hampshire
Location: Durham, New Hampshire, United States

Richard Kaufmann, Professor at the University of New Hampshire, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Physics.

Dr. Kaufmann has been teaching with the University of New Hampshire for most of his career, ever since he completed his duty with the U.S. Air Force in 1963. He served to the rank of first lieutenant, and later became known for his discovery of heavy ion grazing collision nuclear reactions. He helped to develop satellite remote sensing for measuring the Earth’s magnetopause and bow shock, and made many contributions to modern American physics. Dr. Kaufmann is the recipient of an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, and has appeared in five editions of Who’s Who in America.

Born in Honolulu to Irwin L. and Virginia B. Kaufmann in 1935, Dr. Kaufmann studied with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena and earned a PhD from Yale University in 1960. After his service with the Air Force in Albuquerque, New Mexico, he married Jane McCorkle and had Rebecca A. Crowley and William A. Dr. Kaufmann has received grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA for many years between 1964 and 2013. He has been recognized as a member of the American Physical Society and the American Geophysical Union.

Among numerous achievements, Dr. Kauffmann is esteemed for his discovery of the first 3-D plots of auroral electron distribution function showing development of stable plateaus, research in interactions of H+ with O+ ion beams above the ionosphere, and work in substorm magnetic field fluctuations generated by currents at altitudes near 10 Earth radii. He mapped auroral structures to the magnetopause, and developed a magnetic field analog of BGK method to study currents carried by ions on chaotic orbits. Dr. Kaufmann has performed research on magnetization, transport rates, heat fluxes and entropy in Earth’s plasma sheet, as well as solar wind-magnetosphere energy coupling. He often volunteers his services in physical science theory and experiments, and in his free time, enjoys scuba diving.

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