Michael Allison

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Winter Study Program Adjunct Instructor

Hopkins Hall

Areas of Expertise

Michael David Allison, American Space scientist, astronomy educator. Achievements include research in planetary atmospheric dynamics and meteorology, application of potential vorticity homogenization to planetary zonal circulation studies, first identification of Saturn’s polar hexagon as a planetary Rossby wave, inference of a probable super-solar abundance of water on Jupiter based on the diagnostic analysis of equatorial waves.


Allison, Michael David was born on October 11, 1951 in Salem, Illinois, United States. Son of James M. and Claudine K. Allison.


Bachelor of Arts in Physics and English, Wittenberg University, 1973. Master of Science in Physics, University Chicago, 1976. Doctor of Philosophy in Space Physics and Astronomy, Rice University, 1982.


Resident research associate National Research Council National Aeronautics and Space Administration/Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York City, 1981-1983, space scientist, 1984—2005, emeritus, since 2006. Guest lecturer American Museum Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, New York City, 1984-1988, 94-2003. Member joint science working group for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration/European Space Agency assessment study of the Cassini mission to Saturn and Titan, 1984-1989.

Adjunct professor astronomy Columbia University, New York City- since 1987. Co-investigator Huygens, Titan Doppler Wind Experiment, University Bonn., Germany, since 1990, scientist Mars Observer and Surveyor, 1998, team member Cassini Radar investigation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, since 2000. Research associate American Museum Department Astronomy, 1997-1999.

Co-investigator Juno Mission, since 2005.

Awards, Fellowships & Grants

Michael David Allison has been listed as a notable Space scientist, astronomy educator by Marquis Who’s Who.

Professional Affiliations

Member American Astronomical Society (division for planetary science), American Meteorological Society, International Astronomical Union, British Interplanetary Society.