Dr. Robert E. (Bob) McGuire

Head, Space Physics Data Facility
Code 632
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771 USA

Phone: 301-286-7794
Alternate phone (messages): 301-286-7354
FAX: 301-286-1771

E-mail: Robert.E.McGuire.1@gsfc.nasa.gov


Head, Space Physics Data Facility (Code 632)
NASA'S Goddard Space Flight Center


As a research physicist, I have specialized in basic research in the sources, acceleration and propagation of energetic particles in the heliosphere. My research has included work on the observational characterization and physical modeling of low energy solar and interplanetary particles; modeling and observations of lunar particle shadows, including the mapping of large scale magnetospheric electric fields from these shadows; the mapping of lunar surface remnant magnetic fields from the reflection of incident energetic electrons; a major study of the elemental composition in large solar energetic particle (SEP) events; studies on the characteristic spectra of SEPs; studies on the composition and spectra of particles in corotating energetic nucleon streams; work on the characteristics of the energetic particle populations near Uranus. I am Principal Investigator of the IMP-8 Goddard Medium Energy Experiment, and Co-I on a current Wind Guest Investigator study.

Programmatically, I presently manage and direct programs of the Space Physics Data Facility, including:

ISTP and IACG coordinated science data support;
Coordinated Data Analysis Workshop (CDAW) program;
Satellite Situation Center (SSC) development and operation; and
NSSDC space physics data acquisition.

I am also the code 600 representative to the GSFC IT Federation Board.


1976 - Ph.D. in Physics, University of California, Berkeley.
1970 - A.B. in Mathematics and Physics (Honors), University of California, Berkeley.


1992-present, Head, Space Physics Data Facility, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
1986-1992, Mathematician, National Space Science Data Center, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center
1983-1986, Assistant Research Scientist, University of Maryland, College Park
1978-1983, Research Associate, University of Maryland, College Park
1976-1978, Resident Research Associate (GSFC), National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council

[Note: All work 1976-1986 was performed at the Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center]

1976, Assistant Research Physicist, University of California, Berkeley;
1971-1976, Research Assistant, University of California, Berkeley.


  1. McGuire, R.E., T.T. von Rosenvinge and F.B. McDonald, Composition of corotating energetic particle streams, Astrophys. J. Lett., 224, L87, 1978.
  2. McGuire, R.E., The composition, propagation and acceleration of energetic solar particles: a review of United States Research 1979- 1982, Rev. Geophys. Space Res., 21, 305, 1983.
  3. McGuire, R.E. and T.T. von Rosenvinge, The energy spectra of solar energetic particles, Adv. Space Res., 4, 117, 1984.
  4. McGuire, R.E., T.T. von Rosenvinge and F.B. McDonald, The composition of solar energetic particles, Astrophys. J., 301, 938, 1986.
  5. Goswami, J.N., R.E. McGuire, R.C. Reedy, D. Lal and R. Jha, Solar flare proton and alpha particles during the last three solar cycles, J. Geophys. Res., 93,, 7195, 1988.
  6. McDonald, F.B., H. Moraal, J.P.L. Reinecke, N.Lal and R.E. McGuire, "The cosmic radiation in the heliosphere at successive solar minima, J. Geophys. Res, 97, 1557, 1992.
  7. McDonald, F.B., N. Lal, and R.E. McGuire, "The role of drifts and global merged interaction regions in the long-term modulation of cosmic rays,", J. Geophys. Res, 98,1243, 1993.
  8. McDonald, F.B, P. Ferrando, B. Heber, H. Kunow, R. McGuire, R, Muller-Mellin, C. Paizis, A. Raviart, and G. Wibberenz, "A comparative study of cosmic ray radial and latitudinalgradients in the inner and outer heliosphere", J. Geophys. Res. 102, 4643, 1997.
  9. McDonald, F.B., N. Lal and R.E. McGuire, "The cosmic ray recovery and solar minimum phase of solar cycle 22," J. Geophys. Res., in press, 1999.
  10. Tylka, A.J, W.F. Dietrich, C. Lopate, D.V. Reames, P.R. Boberg and R.E. McGuire, "High energy solar Fe in the 29 September 1989 Ground Level Event," Proc 26th Int Cosmic Ray Conf (Salt Lake City), SH1.04.02, 1999.
  11. McDonald, F.B., The onset of solar cycle 23 at 1 AU and at 70 AU," Proc 26th Int Cosmic Ray Conf (Salt Lake City), SH2.3.03, 1999.
  12. McDonald, F.B., Z. Fujii, P. Ferrando, B. Heber, A. Raviart, H. Kunow, R. Muller-Mellin, G. Wibberenz, R. McGuire and C. Paizis, "The cosmic ray radial and latitudinal intensity gradients in the inner and outer heliosphere over the cycle 22 solar minimum, Proc 26th Int Cosmic Ray Conf (Salt Lake City), SH3.3.01, 1999.

Author, Curator and Authorizing NASA Official:
R. E. McGuire, Head, Space Physics Data Facility (Code 632, NASA/GSFC), Robert.E.McGuire@gsfc.nasa.gov, (301)286-7794. Last Modified: 10/1/99 REM.