Gabor Toth - Biography#

Gabor Toth was awarded his MSc in Physics and translation of technical English from Eotvos University in Budapest in 1989, and his PhD in Astrophysical Sciences from Princeton University in 1993. He held two post-doctoral positions in computational astrophysics, in University of Utrecht (1994-1997) and in Eotvos University (1997-1999). In 2000, he joined the University of Michigan, where he has held positions as research scientist and since 2014 research professor. He held an appointment as an associate professor at Eotvos Loarand University during 2001-2007.

Gabor Toth's research career early on focused on computational physics and development of numerical schemes for plasma physics problems. Already in 1996 he published a general code for MHD simulations tuned for parallel computers - at a time when parallel computers were few and far between. Since then, he has published over 170 journal articles in different fields of plasma physics, space physics, and astrophysics often, but not always, employing numerical simulation techniques.

Gabor Toth has a leading role in the design, implementation, application and development of the Space Weather Modeling Framework (SWMF). He led the transition of the geospace models of the SWMF to operations at the Space Weather Prediction Center of NOAA; SWMF is the only global space weather model used in 24/7 operations. He is the software architect for the Center for Radiative Shock Hydrodynamics, and has made major contributions to the numerical schemes used in the global MHD code BATS-R-US, the Global Ionosphere-Thermosphere Model (GITM) and the Polar Wind Outflow Model (PWOM). He is the developer of the Versatile Advection Code (VAC), a general (magneto)hydrodynamics software package used by more than 100 astrophysicists world wide.

Recognitions include
  • Team Excellence Award to CSEM, College of Engineering, 2018
  • R&D 100 award to the Los Alamos & UofM SHIELDS project, 2017
  • Research Faculty Achievement Award, University of Michigan, 2008
  • Bolyai Fellowship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1997 - 1999

  • 170 peer-reviewed publications
  • 463 scientific presentations, including 134 invited talks
  • ResearcherID (B-7977-2013) h-index 40, Google Scholar h-index 46

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