Dr. Natchimuthuk “Nat” Gopalswamy is an Astrophysicist in the Heliophysics Science Division of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. He is an expert in solar eruptions and their space weather consequences. He has authored or co-authored more than 475 scientific articles and has edited nine books. His publications have received more than 23,000 citations, yielding a Hirsch index of 81.
He is the Executive Director of the International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI), Past President of the Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics (SCOSTEP), and Vice Chair of COSPAR’s panel on Space Weather.
He has received numerous awards including the 2013 NASA Leadership Medal, 2017 John C. Lindsay Memorial Award for Space Science, and American Geophysical Union’s Space Physics & Aeronomy Richard Carrington (SPARC) Award (2019). He was conferred with a Doctor Honoris Causa by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (2019).
Dr. Gopalswamy received the 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Elavenil Science Association and Indian Science and Technology Association. He is a Fellow of the International Science Council and of the American Geophysical Union. He received his PhD (Physics) from the Indian Institute of Science (1982) and postdoctoral training (radio astronomy) at the University of Maryland at College Park (1985).