Solar System Exploration Division

Malcolm B Niedner


Malcolm B Niedner's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.5821
Org Code: 667
Mail Code 667
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Employer: EMERITUS

Missions & Projects

Brief Bio

Dr. Niedner serves as Deputy Senior Project Scientist-Technical for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), a position held since January 2011. From 1993 through 2010 he was the Deputy Senior Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). He worked on all five space shuttle servicing missions and made contributions to five science instruments as well as three instrument repairs. A NASA civil servant since 1980, Niedner has specialized in solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field interactions with comets and made contributions to the understanding of complex plasma/fields phenomena. He introduced magnetic field reconnection to comets in ways that have observable consequences as well as uses in the study of the heliosphere in three dimensions. In 1985 he calculated the optimum targeting point for the ICE spacecraft to transit the plasma tail of comet P/Giacobini-Zinner. More recently he has become involved in studies of Young Stellar Objects and circumstellar disks using Hubble data obtained by the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS).



Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory - NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

2011 - Present

Currently serves as Deputy Senior Project Scientist-Technical, James Webb Space Telescope

Deputy Senior Project Scientist

Hubble Space Telescope - NASA/GSFC

1993 - 2011


A. B. in Physics, Brown University, 1971
M. A. in Astronomy, Indiana University, 1976
Ph.D. in Astronomy, Indiana University, 1979