Paul Goldsmith

JPL California Institute of Technology, USA


Paul Goldsmith completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley, in physics, while working in the area of radio astronomy. Following two years as Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, he was a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Physics and Astronomy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He was actively involved in development of instrumentation for the 14m radio telescope of the Five College Radio Astronomy Observatory. Dr. Goldsmith's research in astronomy focused on determining the structure and physical conditions of dense interstellar clouds. The importance of observing key molecular species and understanding their role in molecular cloud structure and evolution was a key motivation for his involvement in the Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS), launched in 1998. Dr. Goldsmith moved to Cornell University in 1993 as a Professor in the Department of Astronomy, and until 2002 he served as Director of the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center. At Cornell, he was involved in projects studying atomic hydrogen in molecular clouds and using methanol masers to trace massive star formation in the Milky Way. He came to JPL in 2005, where he has been working on a number of projects in submillimeter astronomy. He is NASA Project Scientist for the Herschel Space Observatory, and leading JPL work for the Cornell–Caltech Atacama Telescope (CCAT), a 25m submillimeter ground-based telescope to be built in Northern Chile. He has also coordinated JPL efforts on CALISTO—Cryogenic Aperture Large Infrared Space Telescope Observatory—as well as continuing research on dense interstellar clouds and star formation. Goldsmith is currently a Professor Emeritus of Astronomy at Cornell University and a Senior Research Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

Biography Updated on 15 December 2007

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