William Farrell

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Role on REVEALS: 

Advisory Board


NASA/Goddard Space Flight Ctr.


B. S (1982), M.S. (1984), and Ph.D. (1987) in Physics from the University of Iowa


NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2012)
NASA/Goddard SSED Peer Award (2012)
Robert H. Goddard Award for Exceptional Achievement in Science (2008)
Nine NASA Group Achievement Awards including Voyager/Neptune (1990) and Ulysses/Jupiter (1993) encounters and Cassini/Saturn (2009) mission
Patent on Metglas Search Coil Antenna (1996)


Bill Farrell is a plasma physicist in the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Iowa in 1987, and has been a NASA scientist since 1990. His research interest includes the study of lightning storms at Earth and the planets, the dusty plasma environment at planetary moons and asteroids, the space environment at our own Moon, and planetary auroral & magnetospheric processes. He is a co-investigator on the Cassini mission to Saturn, the Solar Probe Plus mission, and Wind spacecraft. He is also the Principal Investigator of the DREAM2 center for space environments (http://ssed.gsfc.nasa.gov/dream/) that examines the space weather and plasma interactions at the Moon and other airless bodies. His instrument team has built numerous radio hardware components to fly on rockets, balloons, in remotely piloted vehicles, and for space flight. He owns a patent on a lightweight magnetic antenna that will be flown on an upcoming USAF space mission. Dr. Farrell continues to be a scientific reviewer on AGU, EGS, and IEEE journals and he has authored/co-authored over 180 journal articles & book chapters on space science topics.