MIT Kavli Institute Directory

John D. Richardson

Principal Research Scientist

I started my career analyzing data and modeling plasma transport and chemistry in planetary magnetospheres. I am now PI of the Voyager plasma experiment and study the interaction of the solar wind with the interstellar medium.

Research interests: 

My research interests are the solar wind from the Sun out to the heliopause, its propagation and evolution, an modelling of planetary magnetopsheres, particularly Saturn.

Representative publications: 

Over 230 space science publications: see

Contact Information

t: 617-253-6112


M.S., UCLA, 1980; Ph.D., UCLA, 1983