Andrew M. Davis
Professor in Geophysical Sciences, Enrico Fermi Institute and the CollegeDirector, Chicago Center for Cosmochemistry
Andrew Davis studies meteorites to better understand the origin and evolution of the sun and planets. His analyses include genuine stardust, microscopic bits of matter from stars that exploded billions of years ago before the solar system formed. These grains survived interstellar space and were transported to Earth via meteorites. He is editor of Volume 1 (Meteorites, Comets, and Planets) of the Treatise on Geochemistry (2004, 2007, 2012). Davis serves on the Stardust Sample Allocation Committee, which decides how to distribute samples collected from Comet Wild–2 by NASA’s Stardust spacecraft, and chairs the Genesis Sample Allocation Committee, which decides how to distribute samples of the Sun collected by NASA’s Genesis spacecraft. Asteroid 6947 Andrewdavis and the mineral davisite are named in his honor. Davis’s father, the late Raymond Davis Jr., shared the 2002 Nobel Prize in physics.