Peter H. Schultz
Born (1944-01-22) January 22, 1944 (age 77)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materCarleton College
University of Texas - Austin
Scientific career
FieldsPlanetary science
InstitutionsNASA Ames Research Center
Lunar and Planetary Institute
Brown University
Academic advisorsJ. Hoover Mackin
William R. Muehlberger

Peter H. Schultz (born January 22, 1944) is Professor of Geological Sciences at Brown University specializing in the study of planetary geology, impact cratering on the Earth and other objects in the Solar System, and volcanic modifications of planetary surfaces.[1][2] He was co-investigator to the NASA Science Mission Directorate spacecraft Deep Impact and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). He was awarded the Barringer Medal of the Meteoritical Society in 2004 for his theoretical and experimental studies of impact craters.[3]


Schultz earned a BA degree from Carleton College in Minnesota in 1966. He received a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1972.


He was a research associate at the NASA Ames Research Center. In 1976 he joined the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) as a Staff Scientist and Regional Planetary Image Facility (RPIF) director. In 1984 Schultz was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Brown University and was named Professor in 1994. He serves as the Science Coordinator for the NASA Ames Vertical Gun Range,[4] Chair for NASA Regional Planetary Image Facilities board, Director of NASA Rhode Island Space Grant Consortium,[5] and Director of the Northeast Planetary Data Center.[6]

Schultz is the author of the 1976 book Moon Morphology: Interpretations Based on Lunar Orbiter Photography.[7] He was co-editor for A Primer in Lunar Geology,[8] Multi-Ring Basins,[9] and Geological Implications of Impacts of Large Asteroids and Comets on the Earth.[10]

Awards and honors

At the Meteoritical Society in 2004, Schultz was awarded the Barringer Medal for his theoretical and experimental studies of impact craters, which have helped to elucidate cratering processes on the Earth, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars.

His contribution to cratering phenomena experimentally and in the field was recognized with the naming of the asteroid 16592 PeteSchultz in his honor.[11] On the BBC Horizon programme on asteroids, "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly", first broadcast in 2010, Schultz jokes about the possibility that his asteroid might collide with Earth: "It's a bullet with my name on it."

At the 2010 Hypervelocity Impact Symposium in Freiburg, Germany, Schultz received the Distinguished Scientist Award for significant and lasting contributions to the field of hypervelocity science.[12]

In 2012, Schultz was awarded the G. K. Gilbert Award by the Geological Society of America Planetary Division for his outstanding contributions to the solution of a fundamental problem(s) of planetary geology.[13]

See also

Impact crater


  1. ^ Q - S. Gale Group. 2005. ISBN 9780787673987. Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  2. ^ American Men and Women of Science, 1998–1999
  3. ^ Meteoritical Society Newsletter "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-16. Retrieved 2010-10-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  5. ^[permanent dead link] to the RISG Consortium
  6. ^ "Northeast Planetary Data Center". Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  7. ^ Moon morphology: Interpretations based on Lunar Orbiter photography, University of Texas Press, 1976
  8. ^ A primer in lunar geology, NASA TM-X-62359, 1974
  9. ^ Multi-ring basins: Formations and evolutions, Pergamon Press, 1981
  10. ^ Geological implications of impacts of large asteroids and comets on the Earth, Geological Society of America Special Paper 190, 1982
  11. ^ JPL Small-Body Database, Retrieved October 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "Distinguished Scientist Award". Retrieved January 12, 2015.
  13. ^ "Geological Society of America - GSA Division Awards". Retrieved January 12, 2015.