Joseph Arthur Burns
After receiving his doctoral degree, Burns joined the Cornell faculty and then spent a year as a postdoctoral researcher at the Goddard Space Flight Center of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Subsequently, he has spent sabbatical leaves at NASA's Ames Research Center (1975-76, 1982-83), at the University of California at Berkeley (1982-83), and at the University of Arizona (1989-90); and at the University of British Columbia on other leaves he has been an exchange fellow in the Soviet Union and Czechoslovakia (1973) and at the Observatory of Paris (1979, 1984). More recent leaves have been at the Kavli Institute, University of California at Santa Barbara (spring 2008) and the Newton Institute at the University of Cambridge (fall 2009). He is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an honorary fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, a member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Between 1978 and 1997 he edited Icarus: The International Journal of Solar System Studies. He now is Associate Editor of it and of Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, and is on the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science magazine. Burns was Cornell's Vice Provost for Physical Sciences and Engineering from 2003-2007. He stated a three year term as Dean of the University Faculty in July 2012.He is a member of the imaging teams on the Cassini (Saturn) and Rosetta (Comet) missions.
- 2011. "Saturns curiously corrugated C ring." Science 332: 708-711. .
- 2010. "Cassini imaging rules out rings around Rhea." Geophysical Research Letters 37: L14205. .
- 2010. "The Four Hundred Years of Planetary Science Since Galileo and Kepler." Nature 466: 575-585. .
- 2010. "Physical characteristics and non-Keplerian orbital motion of "propeller" moons embedded in Saturn's rings." Astrophysical Journal Letters 718: L92-L95. .
- 2010. "An evolving view of Saturn's dynamic rings." Science 327: 1470-1475. .
Selected Awards and Honors
- Doctor of Science (Honorary) (Webb Institute) 2011
- Fellow (American Geophysical Union) 1994
- Full Member (International Academy of Astronautics) 1998
- Member (American Association of Advance Science)
- Fellow (Royal Astro Society) 2012
- BS (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering), Webb Institute of Naval Architecture, 1962
- Ph D (Astrophysics), Cornell University, 1966