My name is Björn J.R. Davidsson (born in 1974) and I am an astronomer. I conduct my Solar System research at the NASA center Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena (CA), USA, that is administrated by the California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
My research is mainly about comets, asteroids and planetesimals and what happens to those small bodies in the Solar System as they are heated up by sunlight or by radioactive decay. I am also Co-Investigator of the OSIRIS camera system flying on the European spacecraft Rosetta, whose main mission is to investigate Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during 2014-2016.
I have a M.Sc. degree in Physics since 1998 and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Astrophysics since 2003. Both degrees are from the University of Uppsala, in Sweden. During 2003-2005, I was a postdoc (Research Fellow) at the European Space Agency (ESA), at their facility ESTEC outside Noordwijk in the Netherlands. During 2008-2009 I was a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). During 2005-2015 I was a research associate and later a researcher at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Uppsala University, Sweden, funded by the Swedish National Space Board.
The asteroid (11798) Davidsson is named in my honor. I am also the proud recipient of the Paul Pellas – Graham Ryder Award ( 2002) from The Meteoritical Society and The Planetary Geology Division of the Geological Society of America, of the Edlund Prize (2009) from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and of the Group Achievement Award to MIRO Flight Operations Team (2011) from NASA.