Harley Thronson

Senior Scientist for Advanced Astrophysics Mission Concepts at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Chief Technologist for the Cosmic Origins and Physics of the Cosmos Program Offices

Harley Thronson is currently Senior Scientist for Advanced Astrophysics Mission Concepts at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Chief Technologist for the Cosmic Origins and Physics of the Cosmos Program Offices. His responsibilities include assessing major technologies for future astrophysics missions and coordinating assessment of concepts to achieve major science goals using the capabilities offered by human space flight. Previously, while at NASA Headquarters, he was program scientist for the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes, the James Webb Space Telescope, and NASA’s Astrobiology Program. He received his Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Chicago and has been on the staff of the Universities of Arizona and Wyoming, as well as the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. has published more than 120 research papers and edited eleven books