Charles Meegan received a B.S. degree in physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1966 and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland in 1973. His thesis topic was a measurement of the cosmic-ray electron spectrum. He held a postdoctoral research position at Rice University from 1974 to 1976, performing balloon-borne observations of gamma-ray sources. From 1976 to 1978, he was an NRC Research Associate at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL, USA. He joined NASA in 1978 as an Astrophysicist in the Space Science Department at MSFC, specializing in observations of gamma-ray bursts (GRBs). Meegan was a coinvestigator on the Burst and Transient Source Experiment (BATSE), which made pioneering observations of GRBs. He also served as Assistant Project Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope (1982–1984), and Mission Scientist for the Astro-2 Ultraviolet Astronomy Shuttle Mission (1991–1996). Meegan was Principal Investigator of the Fermi Gamma-Ray Burst Monitor (GBM) from 2000 to 2009. Awards he has received include the NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal for research on gamma-ray bursts (1993), the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for the Astro-2 Mission (1995), and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for scientific leadership of GBM (2009). After retiring from NASA in 2009, he joined the Universities Space Research Association and continues to do GRB research as a Member of the GBM Science Team.
Biography Updated on 23 January 2011