Stanton J. Peale

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Stanton J. Peale
BornStanton Jerrold Peale
(1937-01-23)January 23, 1937
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Died May 14, 2015(2015-05-14) (aged 78)
Santa Barbara, California, USA
Citizenship United States
Alma mater Cornell University
Awards Newcomb Cleveland Prize (1979)
James Craig Watson Medal Award for Contributions to Astronomy (1982), [1]
Brouwer Award (1992)
National Academy of Sciences (2009) [1]
Kuiper Prize (2016) [2]
Scientific career
Fields Astrophysics, planetary science
Institutions Cornell University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of California, Santa Barbara

Stanton Jerrold Peale (January 23, 1937 – May 14, 2015) was an American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, and Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Santa Barbara. [1] His research interests include the geophysical and dynamical properties of planets and exoplanets.

University of California, Santa Barbara public university near Goleta, California, United States and part of the University of California system

The University of California, Santa Barbara is a public research university in Santa Barbara, California. It is one of the 10 campuses of the University of California system. Tracing its roots back to 1891 as an independent teachers' college, UCSB joined the University of California system in 1944 and is the third-oldest general-education campus in the system.



Stanton J. Peale received a Ph.D. in astronomy from Cornell University in 1965, where he worked with Thomas Gold. He was an assistant professor of astronomy at UCLA before moving to UCSB in 1968.

Cornell University private university in Ithaca (New York, US)

Cornell University is a private and statutory Ivy League research university in Ithaca, New York. Founded in 1865 by Ezra Cornell and Andrew Dickson White, the university was intended to teach and make contributions in all fields of knowledge—from the classics to the sciences, and from the theoretical to the applied. These ideals, unconventional for the time, are captured in Cornell's founding principle, a popular 1868 Ezra Cornell quotation: "I would found an institution where any person can find instruction in any study."

Thomas Gold Austrian astrophysicist

Thomas Gold was an Austrian-born astrophysicist, a professor of astronomy at Cornell University, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the Royal Society (London). Gold was one of three young Cambridge scientists who in 1948 proposed the now mostly abandoned 'steady state' hypothesis of the universe. Gold's work crossed academic and scientific boundaries, into biophysics, astronomy, aerospace engineering, and geophysics.

Scientific contributions

In 1969 Peale published a generalization of Cassini's laws that explain the rotation of the Moon and other bodies subject to tides. [3]

Cassini's laws provide a compact description of the motion of the Moon. They were established in 1693 by Giovanni Domenico Cassini, a prominent scientist of his time.

In 1976 Peale published an ingenious procedure to determine the size and state of the core of Mercury. [4]

Mercury (planet) Smallest and closest planet to the Sun in the Solar System

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In 1979 Peale and collaborators predicted that Jupiter's satellite Io might show widespread volcanism as a result of the action of tides. [5] This prediction was confirmed by data from the Voyager 1 Mission which showed that Io is the most volcanically active body in the solar system.

Jupiter Fifth planet from the Sun in the Solar System

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Io (moon) Innermost of the four Galilean moons of Jupiter

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Volcanism phenomena and processes associated with the action of volcanos, geysers and fumaroles

Volcanism is the phenomenon of eruption of molten rock (magma) onto the surface of the Earth or a solid-surface planet or moon, where lava, pyroclastics and volcanic gases erupt through a break in the surface called a vent. It includes all phenomena resulting from and causing magma within the crust or mantle of the body, to rise through the crust and form volcanic rocks on the surface.

He died on May 14, 2015 in Santa Barbara, California. [6]


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  2. 1 2 "DPS Prizes". American Astronomical Society.
  3. Peale, Stanton J. (1969). "Generalized Cassini's Laws". The Astronomical Journal. 74: 483. Bibcode:1969AJ.....74..483P. doi:10.1086/110825. ISSN   0004-6256.
  4. Peale, S. J. (1976). "Does Mercury have a molten core?". Nature. 262 (5571): 765–766. Bibcode:1976Natur.262..765P. doi:10.1038/262765a0. ISSN   0028-0836.
  5. Peale, S. J.; Cassen, P.; Reynolds, R. T. (1979). "Melting of Io by Tidal Dissipation". Science. 203 (4383): 892–894. Bibcode:1979Sci...203..892P. doi:10.1126/science.203.4383.892. ISSN   0036-8075. PMID   17771724.
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