Peter L Kurczynski

Peter L Kurczynski

  • Rsch AST, Stlr Galctic&Xtrgltc Astr
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Employer: NASA
  • Brief Bio

    I am the Chief Scientist of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. My research interests include the formation and evolution of galaxies as well as new technologies to explore the universe, including adaptive optics, interferometry and detectors. I enjoy communicating the wonder of discovery and the importance and relevance of science to our daily lives and society.

    Current Projects

    Chief Scientist, Cosmic Origins Program

    I support the Cosmic Origins program by engaging the astrophysics community and contributing to the NASA strategic planning process

    Education

    PhD, Physics, University of Maryland, College Park

    BS, Physics, University of Michigan

    Professional Societies

    American Astronomical Society, 1995 - Present

    Selected Public Outreach

    First Stars Video 2 / 2018 - Present
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wU6KXoO0NEE

    This video describes the discovery of evidence of the first stars to have formed after the Big Bang. This discovery was ranked a top ten Breakthrough of the Year by Physics World in 2018.

    Brief Bio

    I am the Chief Scientist of NASA's Cosmic Origins Program. My research interests include the formation and evolution of galaxies as well as new technologies to explore the universe, including adaptive optics, interferometry and detectors. I enjoy communicating the wonder of discovery and the importance and relevance of science to our daily lives and society.

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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