Chief Scientist for Astronomy and Physics
Charles Lawrence is the Chief Scientist for Astronomy and Physics at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is the Project Scientist for the U.S. Plank Project and Deputy Project Scientist for the Spitzer Space Observatory. His research interests include measurement and analysis of the cosmic microwave background, extragalactic radio sources, and gravitational lensing. He is the recipient of two Exceptional Achievement Medals, two Outstanding Leadership Medals, and a Distinguished Public Service Medal, all from NASA, and was part of the Planck team awarded the 2018 Gruber Prize in Cosmology. Dr. Lawrence earned his Ph.D. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.