Joan Feynman

American astrophysicist

Joan Feynman (March 31, 1927 – July 22, 2020)[1] was an American astrophysicist. Her work focused on solar wind particles and fields; sun-Earth relations; and magnetospheric physics.[2] Feynman was the younger sister of physicist Richard Feynman who, since they were children, encouraged her interest in nature.

Joan Feynman
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Born(1927-03-31)March 31, 1927
DiedJuly 22, 2020(2020-07-22) (aged 93)
Alma materOberlin College
Syracuse University
Known forWork on auroras, solar wind
AwardsNASA Exceptional Achievement Medal
Scientific career
InstitutionsNational Center for Atmospheric Research, National Science Foundation, Boston College, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Doctoral advisorMelvin Lax

Feynman died on July 22, 2020 in Oxnard, California from heart failure at the age of 93.[3]


  1. "1940 United States Federal Census - Joan Feynman". Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  2. Hirshberg, Charles (2002-04-18). "My Mother, the Scientist". Popular Science. Bonnier Corporation. Archived from the original on 2016-06-20. Retrieved 2014-12-01.
  3. Joan Feynman 1927–2020

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