Peter R. Lawson
Chief Technologist, NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology
Peter Lawson is the Chief Technologist of NASA's Exoplanet Exploration Program, based at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. His responsibilities include technology planning for future exoplanet missions, and in particular the development of technology for missions designed to find evidence of life elsewhere in the Universe. Mission concepts currently include designs of coronagraphs, starshades, and interferometers.
Since arriving at JPL in 1998 he has contributed to the development of the Terrestrial Planet Finder missions. He was Chair of the IAU Working Group on Interferometry 2000-2006, and helped create IAU Commission 54 on Optical/Infrared Interferometry. Lawson held postdoctoral research fellowships at Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and the Observatoire de la Cote d'Azur (France). He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Sydney (Australia) and holds a Masters of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto (Canada), and a Bachelors degree in Physics from Acadia University (Canada).
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