David J. Lawrence

Johns Hopkins University, Planetary Scientist, Physicist

Dr. David J. Lawrence is a Principal Professional Staff scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) in Laurel, MD. Dr. Lawrence has over 20 years’ experience in the development and use of spaceflight instrumentation, with specific focus areas including planetary, magnetospheric, and solar physics measurements. Dr. Lawrence is currently the Principle Investigator of the MEGANE gamma-ray/neutron spectrometer that will fly on the Japanese Martian Moons eXploration (MMX) mission to Mars’ moon Phobos. Dr. Lawrence is leading the development of the Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer (GRNS) on NASA’s Psyche mission that will launch in 2022. He was worked on various other spaceflight missions including NASA’s Lunar Prospector, Deep Space 1, Mars Odyssey, MESSENGER, and Dawn missions, as well as ESA’s SMART-1 mission to the Moon. He is author or co-author on over 160 peer-reviewed publications. He received a B.S. in physics and mathematics from Texas Christian University in 1990, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in physics from Washington University in Saint Louis in 1992 and 1996, respectively.