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Thomas Greene

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Other Affiliation: Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies (ACES)
Title: Astrophysicist


Thomas Greene is an astrophysicist in the Space Science and Astrobiology Division at NASA’s Ames Research Center. He conducts observational studies of exoplanets and young stars and develops astronomical technologies and instrumentation. Dr. Greene is a co-investigator on the NIRCam and MIRI science instruments of the James Webb Space Telescope and serves on the JWST Users Committee.  While at NASA Ames he has served as the Director of the Ames Center for Exoplanet Studies, Project Scientist of the SOFIA mission, and Chief of the Astrophysics Branch. Before joining NASA, he worked at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center on NASA astrophysics missions. Prior to that, Dr. Greene was on the faculty of the University of Hawaii where he was a support astronomer and later Director of the NASA Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). He received his Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Arizona. Dr. Greene currently co-chairs the US National Academies of Sciences’ Committee on Astronomy and Astrophysics (CAA) and is a NASA representative on the W .M. Keck Observatory Science Steering Committee.


Ph.D. Astronomy 1991, University of Arizona
BA Physics 1982, University of California Santa Cruz

Research Interests:

Extrasolar planets, space telescopes, and instruments, young stars

Curriculum Vitae 


Scientific Publications

Visit this link for a complete list of publications.

NASA Missions:

James Webb Space Telescope Mid-Infrared Science Team,
James Webb Space Telescope NIRCam co-investigator,
WFIRST Science Definition Team 2012 – 2015