(Baker, Daniel N - 2015) -- Distinguished Professorship uri icon



  • The author of more than 700 refereed studies, Professor Baker is a nationally recognized leader in the field of space research. He has served as principal investigator for several scientific NASA programs and missions, including the Radiation Belt Storm Probe. Recently, Baker was the lead author of a study published in Nature that described the discovery of an invisible electron shield thousands of miles above Earth. Dr. Charles F. Kennel, chair of The National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board, said of Baker’s work, “{It} is singular for its balance of passion and judgment. This quality, which he brings to all his research, now benefits the whole space plasma community.”
    Prior to his work at the university, Baker served as chief of NASA’s Laboratory for Extraterrestrial Physics at the NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Geophysical Union and the International Academy of Astronautics. He has served as the director of CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) since 1994.

award or honor for

  • Baker, Daniel N  Distinguished Professor, Director, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), and the Space Science Professor

year awarded

  • 2015