John R. Spreiter (1921–2000)



John Robert Spreiter, professor emeritus at the Applied Mechanics Department at Stanford University, passed away on February 6, 2000, in Maui, Hawaii, after a 2-year struggle with cancer. He was 78 years old. Well known in the space physics community for his seminal work on the interaction of the solar wind with planetary magneto-ionospheres, John applied his unique perspective as an internationally recognized aerodynamicist to fundamental problems of space physics. He was a longtime member and Fellow of AGU and a faculty member at Stanford University for over 30 years.