Planetary scientist Jeremy Bloxham, Dean of Science in Harvard University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) and Mallinckrodt Professor of Geophysics, was first appointed to the Harvard faculty as an assistant professor in 1987. Bloxham was promoted to full professor in 1993 and assumed the Mallinckrodt chair in 2005. In 2002, he was named a Harvard College Professor, a distinction recognizing exceptional undergraduate teaching. He has previously taught in the Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences and in the Applied Mathematics program in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and currently teaches in the Freshman Seminar Program.
Bloxham studies how planets generate magnetic fields, a long-recognized phenomenon that is still not fully understood despite more than four centuries of scientific investigation. He is currently a co-investigator on the Juno mission, a NASA-funded project sending a spacecraft into a polar orbit around Jupiter. Juno launched successfully on 5 August 2011 and will enter orbit on 4 July 2016.
Bloxham was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of London in 2007. He is also a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and the American Geophysical Union, and is an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Bloxham, who has served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Geophysical Research and Geophysical Journal International, has received professional honors including a Packard Foundation Fellowship in 1990, the Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1991, the Macelwane Medal of the American Geophysical Union in 1994, and the Chapman Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2001.