Ray Arvidson


Co-Investigator, Robotic Arm, Archiving Lead,
Washington University, St. Louis



Raymond Arvidson received a Ph.D. from Brown University in 1974. He is presently James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis, where he has been employed since 1974. He is also a fellow of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences. He directs the Pathfinder Program in Environmental Sustainability.

He was the Team Leader of the Viking Lander Imaging Team from 1977-1982, Associate Editor of the Journal of Geophysical Research from 1982-1984, Co-Editor of Geology from 1988-1990, and has served on numerous NASA and National Academy of Sciences Committees. He has served as the Planetary Geology Division Chairman of the Geological Society of America and President of the Planetology Section of the American Geophysical Union. In addition to teaching in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, he was the science coordinator for Washington University's mission operations for two global balloon flight attempts made by Steve Fossett. He was an Interdisciplinary Scientist on the Mars Global Surveyor Mission and is currently a member of the Project Science Group of Mars 2001 Odyssey Orbiter Mission. As head of NASA's Planetary Data System Geosciences Node since 1989, Arvidson has been instrumental in the formatting and archiving of planetary data. He has been Director of NASA's Regional Planetary Image Center at Washington University since 1980. Currently he is the Deputy Principal Investigator for the Athena Payload on the highly successful Mars Exploration Rover Mission which launched in 2003. He is a science team member for the OMEGA hyper-spectral imager on Mars Express, Co-Investigator on the CRISM hyper-spectral imager on the 2005 Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Co-Investigator of the Robotic Arm on the 2007 Mars Scout Mission, Phoenix.

He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America and received two NASA Public Service Awards, a Washington University Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Cushing Oration of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. In 1998 he was elected Washington University Advisor of the Year and received the Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was chosen as Student Union Professor of the Year and one of the recipients of the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor Award. In 2001 he received the Arthur Holly Compton Award for Faculty Achievement. He has published over 100 articles and books dealing with remote sensing of Earth, Mars, and Venus.

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