Tamas I. Gombosi, PhD, DSc
Rollin M. Gerstacker Professor of Engineering
Director, Center for Space Environment Modeling
Professor, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences
Professor, Aerospace Engineering
College of Engineering
The University of Michigan
2428 Space Research Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143
Email: tamas at umich.edu
Phone: (734) 764-7222
Fax: (734) 615-9723
Part of the immigrant experience is the realization that our family is uprooted and future generations will loose all connections to our roots. The reason is a combination of time, distance and the loss of the old language. I was able to find a trove of old documents and photos. These gave me a good starting point to undertake a year-long research that unearthed a lot of new information about our families. When I started writing I did not know where this project would take me. I covered our families history from the early 1800s to the present. In the process I also started to write down my own story; my childhood and education in Hungary, my adventures in the Soviet Union and our immigration to the United States. While this is not a "kiss and tell" book, it contains a lot of interesting new information about the institutions and people I interacted with. The result of this effort is the book Phoenix. It is a combination of family history (including our near annihilation during the Holocaust), followed by a Phoenix-like revival from the ashes. It also covers our story through the darkest years of the Cold War and emergence from the wrong side of history.
On November 21, 2013 Professor Gombosi delivered his inaugural Space Weather Prize lecture entitled "Spce Weather: Are We Having Fun Yet?" You can view the lecture (49 minutes long) by clicking here.
On March 20, 2009 Professor Gombosi delivered his inaugural Gerstacker lecture entitled "It Takes a Village: The Making of a Space Scientist." This lecture was aimed at non-scientists and it focused on the importance of mentoring in science and engineering. The lecture used Professor Gombosi's personal experience as a case study for effective mentoring. You can view the lecture (40 minutes long) by clicking here.