Tamas Gombosi

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In 1982 Tamas Gombosi gave the first public lecture about the VEGA mission. His presentation followed lectures by Isaac Asimov (center) and Carl Sagan (right). full story...


During the 1983 confrence of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Tamas Gombosi organized a private meeting between Sally Ride and Svetlana Savitskaya. full story...


In 1985 the Ann Arbor News published this profile of Tamas Gombosi. full story...


In 2017 the Hungarian periodical “Természet Világa” published an extensive interview with Tamas Gombosi (in Hungarian). full story...


In 2013 Tamas Gombosi published a family history/memoir. The book is now available in color print, b/w print, text only for kindle and text only for iPad.
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Tamas I. Gombosi, PhD, DSc

Konstantin I. Gringauz Distinguished University Professor of Space Science
Rollin M. Gerstacker Professor of Engineering
Director, Center for Space Environment Modeling
Professor, Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
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

Click here to download Professor Gombosi's CV PDF link

Click here to watch a short video celebrating Professor Gombosi's 70th birthday.


On August 5, 2018, Prof. Tamas Gombosi was interviewed by the popular "Outsiders" program of Australia's Sky News network in a segment about solar physics and space weather and its impact on the Earth. Prof. Gombosi, who was lauded by the program hosts as "...one of humanity's truly great minds" and "...the world's leading authority on space weather" described several aspects of solar activity, including solar coronal mass ejections (CME) and the aurora phenomenon viewed here at home. He also detailed the Carrington Event of 1859, in which a (CME) hit Earth's magnetosphere and induced one of the largest geomagnetic storms on record. The Sky News team congratulated the University of Michigan for "assembling the world's leading physics modeling capability...in its predictions of space weather." The 15 minutes long intervew can be seen by clicking here.


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.

The book is now available in color print, b/w print, text only for kindle and text only for iPad.


2017 Van Allen Lecture

OnDecember 12, 2017 Professor Gombosi delivered the 2017 James Van Allen Lacture of the American Geophysical Union. Each year the Space Physics and Aeronomy Section of the American Geophysical Union honors a leader at the forefront of Magnetospheric Physics by selecting them to give the James A. Van Allen Lecture at their Fall Meeting. You can view the lecture (55 minutes long) by clicking here or here.

Hungarian Academy of Sciences Inaugural Lecture

On April 26, 2017 Professor Gombosi delivered his inaugural lecture as an extrenal member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences entitled "Viharok a Világürben (Storms in Space)." You can view the lecture (55 minutes long) by clicking here.

Distinguished University Professor Lecture

On February 23, 2015 Professor Gombosi delivered his Distinguished University Professorship lecture entitled "My Journey in the Solar System." You can view the lecture (55 minutes long) by clicking here.

Space Weather Prize Lecture

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.

Gerstacker Lecture

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.

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