Henry Melosh

Henry Melosh (By Courtesy)

Distinguished Professor EAS/Physics


Ph.D. Caltech 1969-1972 (Physics and Geology)
Princeton University, 1965-1969, A.B. (Physics) Magna Cum Laude


701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2045

Office: CIVL 3237
Office Phone: 1-765-494-3290
Email: jmelosh@purdue.edu


Ramifications of impact cratering
Planetary Tectonics
Physics of earthquakes and landslides

Awards and Major Appointments

Leon Blitzer Teaching Award, January 2009
Hess Medal of the American Geophysical Union, 2008
Humboldt Prize Fellowship, August 2005-2006
Member, National Academy of Sciences, Elected 29 April 2003
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, October 2001
Gilbert Award of the Geological Society of America, 2001
Asteroid 8216 name “Melosh” Approved by the IAU, 2000
Barringer Medal of the Meteoritical Society, 1999
Paul Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 1996-1997
Fellow of the American Geophysical Union (January 1993)
AGU Editor's Citation for Excellence in Refereeing, Tectonics (July, 1989)
Fellow of the Geological Society of America (November, 1988)
Fellow of the Meteoritical Society (July, 1988)
Best Scientific Secretary Prize, Int'l Summer School of Theoretical Physics, Erice, Sicily, 1972


IVANOV, B. A., MELOSH, H. J., PIERAZZO, E. (2009) Basin-forming impacts: Reconnaissance modeling, in Large Meteorite Impacts, GSA Special Paper XXX, in press.

VALTONEN, M., NURMI, P., ZHENG, J-Q., CUCINOTTA, F. A., WILSON, J. W., HORNECK, G., LINDGREN, L., MELOSH, J., RICKMAN, H.MILEIKOWSKY, C., (2009), Natural Transfer of Viable microbes in space from planets in Extra-Solar Systems to a Planet on our Solar System and Vice Versa, Astrophys. J. 690, 210-215.

BELTON, M. J. S. and MELOSH, H. J. (2009) Fluidization and multiphase transport of particulate cometary material as an explanation of the smooth terrains and repetitive outbursts on 9P/Tempel 1, Icarus, 200, 280-291.

MELOSH, H. J. (2008) Did an impact blast away half of Mars’ crust? Nature Geosciences 1, 412-414.

FAJARDO-CAVAZOS, P., LANGENHORST, F., MELOSH, H. J., NICHOLSON, W. L. (2009) Bacterial spores in granite survive hypervelocity launch by spallation: Implications for lithopanspermia, Meteoritics and Planetary Sciences, submitted.

KENKMANN, T., COLLINS, G. S., WITTMANN, A. W?NNEMANN, K., REIMOLD, W. U., MELOSH, H. J. (2008) A model for the formation of the Chesapeake Bay impact crater as revealed by drilling and numerical simulation. Geological Society of America Special Paper, in press.

MELOSH, H. J. (2008) Message from Mercury, Nature 452, 820-821.
JACKSON, L. E., BROWN, P., MELOSH, J., HILL, D. (2008) Meteorite strikes Peru, Geotimes, July 2008, 6-11.

McDONALD, M., MELOSH, H. J., GULICK, S. (2008) Oblique impacts and peak ring position: Comparing Venusian craters to Chicxulub, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L07203, doi:10.1029/2008GL033346.

RUBIE, D. C., F. NIMMO and H. J. MELOSH (2007) Formation of the Earth’s Core, Chapter 9 of Stevenson, D. J. (Ed), Treatise on Geophysics: The Core. Elsevier.

RICHARDSON, J. E., MELOSH, H. J., LISSE, C. M., CARCICH, B. (2007) A ballistics analysis of the Deep Impact ejecta plume: Determining comet Tempel 1’s gravity, mass and density. Icarus 190, 357-390.

BART, G. D., and H. J. MELOSH (2007), Using lunar boulders to distinguish primary from distant secondary impact craters, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L07203, doi:10.1029/2007GL029306.

MELOSH, H. J. (2007) A Hydrocode Equation of State for SiO2, Meteoritics and Planetary Science 42, 2079-2098.
MORGAN, J., CHRISTESON, G, GULICK, S., GRIEVE, R. URRUTIA, J., BARTON, P., ROBOLLEDO, M., MELOSH, J. (2007) Joint IODP/ICDP Scientific Drilling of the Chicxulub Impact Crater, Scientific Drilling, 4, 42-44.

MELOSH, H. J. (2007) Physical effects of comet and asteroid impacts: Beyond the crater rim. in Bobrowsky, P. T. and Rickman, H. (Eds.) Comet/Asteroid Impacts and Human Society: An Interdisciplinary Approach, pp. 211-224

GOLDIN, T. J., W?NNEMANN, K., MELOSH, H. J., COLLINS, G. S. (2006) Hydrocode modeling of the Sierra Madera impact structure, Meteoritics and Planetary Science 41, 1947-1958.

WÜNNEMANN, K., COLLINS, G. S., and MELOSH, H. J. (2006) A strain-based porosity model for use in hydrocode simulations of impacts and implications for transient-crater growth in porous targets, Icarus 180, 514-527.

Sunshine, J. M., M. F. A'Hearn, O. Groussin, J.-y. Li. , M. J. S. Belton, W. A. Delamere, J. Kissel, K. P. Klassen, L. A. McFadden, K. J. Meech, H. J. Melosh, P. H. Schultz, P. C. Thomas, J. Veverka, D. K. Yeomans, I. C. Busko, M. Desnoyer, T. L. Farnham, L. Fega, D. L. HamPton, D. J. Lindler, C. M. Lisse, and D. D. Wellnitz, (2006) Exposed water ice deposits on the surface of comet 9P/Tempel 1: Science, 311, 1453-1455.