Robert. P. Lin, the NLSI DREAM team member from the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded the Jeoujang Jaw Award. This is a joint award of COSPAR and the Chinese Academy of Sciences recognizing scientists who have made distinguished pioneering contributions to promoting space research, establishing new space science research branches and founding new exploration programs.

Professor Lin is a world-renowned experimentalist and space scientist; his primary interest is in how particles are accelerated to high energies in nature, from the sun and in the interplanetary medium.

Professor Lin led the pioneering RHESSI (Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager) mission that made the high resolution imaging and spectroscopy of the x-rays and gamma-rays emitted by energetic particles accelerated by solar flares. The accomplishments of this mission include the first hard X-ray imaging spectroscopy, the first high-resolution spectroscopy of solar gamma-ray lines, the first imaging above 100 keV, and the first imaging of solar gamma-ray lines. The mission is still returning excellent data after almost ten years in orbit and has detected more than 30,000 solar flares referenced in more than 800 refereed publications.

In addition to RHESSI, Professor Lin has also led the development of various innovative energetic particle and plasma instruments that have been flown on space missions and have provided in situ measurements of plasma and fields in the Earth’s magnetosphere and upstream. These instruments have also gathered valuable information on the origin and dynamics of the solar wind and the interaction of the Earth’s magnetosphere with the solar wind. Furthermore, Professor Lin has developed instruments for mapping the surface magnetic fields of Mars and the Moon by means of electron reflection magnetometry.

The accomplishments above, and many more, make Professor Lin a most worthy recipient of the Jeoujang Jaw Award which recognizes distinguished pioneering contributions to promoting space research, establishing new space science research branches and founding new exploration programs.


The Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) has both National Scientific Institutions and International Scientific Unions as members. Forty-six National Scientific Institutions engaged in space research and thirteen International Scientific Unions adhering to the International Council for Science (ICSU) belong to COSPAR. Moreover, approximately 8000 scientists actively engaged in space research are COSPAR Associates. Companies and organizations interested in supporting COSPAR activities may also become Associated Supporters of the Committee.

COSPAR acts mainly as an entity which:

• is responsible for organizing biennial Scientific Assemblies with strong contributions from most countries engaged in space research. These meetings allow the presentation of the latest scientific results, the exchange of knowledge and also the discussion of space research problems. Over several decades providing this service has brought recognition to the COSPAR Scientific Assembly as the premier forum for presenting the most important results in space research in all disciplines and as the focal point for truly international space science. In this regard it should be observed that COSPAR has played a central role in the development of new space disciplines such as life sciences or fundamental physics, by facilitating the interaction between scientists in emergent space fields and senior space researchers,
• provides the means for rapid publication of results in its journal Advances in Space Research,
• strives to promote the use of space science for the benefit of mankind and for its adoption by developing countries and new space-faring nations, in particular through a series of Capacity Building Workshops which teach very practical skills enabling researchers to participate in international space research programs,
• organizes, on a regional scale, scientific exchange and public outreach on specific research topics, in the framework of Colloquia and Symposia,
• advises, as required, the UN and other intergovernmental organizations on space research matters or on the assessment of scientific issues in which space can play a role, for example the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), in which COSPAR is a Participating Organization and co-chair of its Scientific and Technology Committee,
• prepares scientific and technical standards related to space research,
• promotes, on an international level, research in space, much of which has grown into large international collaborative programs in the mainstream of scientific research.

COSPAR’s objectives are to promote on an international level scientific research in space, with emphasis on the exchange of results, information and opinions, and to provide a forum, open to all scientists, for the discussion of problems that may affect scientific space research. These objectives are achieved through the organization of Scientific Assemblies, publications and other means.

ICSU established COSPAR during an international meeting in London in 1958. COSPAR’s first Space Science Symposium was organized in Nice in January 1960. COSPAR is an interdisciplinary entity that ignores political considerations and views all questions solely from the scientific standpoint.

A complete list of previous award recipients may be found at:

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NLSI Team

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