B. Thomas Soifer, California Institute of Technology

Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy Professor Pasadena, California bts@irastro.caltech.edu Office: (626) 395-6626

Bio/Research

Tom Soifer, the acting chair of Caltech's Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, has directed the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) since 1997. His SSC staff of more than 100 manages the science program, data processing and archiving, and public outreach for Spitzer, the largest infrared tele...

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Bio/Research

Tom Soifer, the acting chair of Caltech's Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, has directed the Spitzer Science Center (SSC) since 1997. His SSC staff of more than 100 manages the science program, data processing and archiving, and public outreach for Spitzer, the largest infrared telescope to operate in space.

Soifer has had key roles in three renowned infrared experiments: TMSS, IRAS, and Spitzer Space Telescope. As a Caltech undergraduate, he worked under Gerry Neugebauer to conduct the very first astronomical infrared sky survey, the Two Micron Sky Survey, from Mt. Wilson. TMSS revolutionized astronomy, presenting a new view of the universe and opening the field of infrared astronomy. After completing his PhD at Cornell, Soifer returned to Caltech to participate in the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, NASA's first space-based infrared astronomy mission.

Now with Spitzer Science Center for more than 20 years, Soifer has facilitated major discoveries about galaxies, stars, planet-forming disks, exoplanets, and the history of the universe.


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