John S. Lewis, Ph.D.

Title: Geochemist & Educator
Company: University of Arizona
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States

John S. Lewis, Ph.D., Geochemist and Educator at the University of Arizona, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in planetary sciences and higher education.

With 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Lewis is an acclaimed figure in the fields of planetary sciences and higher education, having been a co-director of the NASA/University of Arizona Space Engineering Research Center since 1988 and professor of planetary science at the University of Arizona since 1982. Prior to these illustrious roles, he served Massachusetts Institute of Technology in multiple capacities, including as a professor of earth and planetary science from 1979 to 1982, associate professor in the department of chemistry and earth and planetary science from 1972 to 1979, and an assistant professor in the department of chemistry and earth and planetary science from 1968 to 1972. An advisor to several governmental agencies, he also briefly held the role of visiting associate professor in geological and planetary science at the California Institute of Technology in 1974.

To prepare for his career, Dr. Lewis pursued a formal education at Princeton University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry in 1962. He subsequently attended Dartmouth College, receiving a Master of Arts in inorganic chemistry in 1964. He concluded his academic career in 1968, when he obtained a Doctor of Philosophy in geochemistry and physical chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals and co-author of several books, Dr. Lewis has accrued numerous accolades in recognition of his contributions to science. The recipient of the Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal from NASA in 1983, he also won the Macelwane Award from the American Geophysical Union in 1976. Likewise, he was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in the West.

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