Jack Wisdom is Breene M. Kerr Professor of Planetary Science in the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
Solar system dynamics; long-term evolution of the orbits and spins of the planets and natural satellites; qualitative behavior of dynamical systems; chaotic behavior; dynamics of planetary rings.
Professor Jack Wisdom of MIT has been involved in a number of mammoth computational studies of the long time dynamics of the solar system, some of them on specially designed computing equipment. These have involved innovative numerical techniques including the use of special symplectic integration algorithms.
2001 Brouwer Award (given by the American Astronomical Society) Winner honored for his "fundamental contributions and leadership in the field," including pioneering the application of modern nonlinear dynamics and the theory of Hamiltonian chaos in the field of Solar System dynamics.