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Charles Lawrence

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-327

Pasadena, CA 91109





Curriculum Vitae:

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Chief Scientist for Astronomy and Physics (7X)


  • Ph. D. in Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983)
  • B. S. with Distinction, Honors in Physics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1970)

Professional Experience


  • Fellow, JPL (2013)
  • Senior Research Scientist, JPL (2012)
  • Principal Scientist, Astrophysics, JPL (2000)
  • Research Scientist, Astrophysics, JPL (1993–2000)
  • Visiting Associate, California Institute of Technology (1993–1994)
  • Senior Research Associate, California Institute of Technology (1991–1993)
  • Senior Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology (1986–1991)
  • Research Fellow, California Institute of Technology (1983–1986)
  • Research Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1978–1983)
  • Physics Teacher, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD (1970–1977)


  • Chief Scientist, Astronomy, Physics, and Space Technology Directorate, JPL
  • Planck: Project Scientist, US Planck Project
    • Member, Planck Science Team
    • Survey Scientist, Low Frequency Instrumen
    • Co-Chair, Planck Editorial Board
  • Lead, Science Visitor and Colloquium Program, JPL
  • Deputy Project Scientist, Spitzer Space Observatory

Research Interests

  • Measurement and analysis of the cosmic microwave background to understand the geometry and content of the Universe
  • Extragalactic radio sources, their infrared, optical, and X-ray properties, and the accretion history of the Universe
  • Gravitational lensing

Selected Awards

  • Giuseppe and Vanna Cocconi Price of the European Physical Society, 2019: Providing high-precision measurements of the cosmic microwave background temperature and polarization anisotropies
  • NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, 2019: Distinguished leadership and service to NASA and the Nation in the pursuit and advancement of the fields of astrophysics and cosmology
  • Gruber Cosmology Prize, 2018: Awarded to the Planck Team, and to Jean-Loup Puget and Nazzareno Mandolesi, the leaders of the HFI and LFI instrument consortia
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, 2014: Exceptional achievement with the Planck Project science research effort, significantly advancing our understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2010 : Leadership of the US Planck science and data analysis effort from concept through spacecraft launch and commissioning
  • NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, 2004 : Scientific and technical leadership in addressing and resolving major technical issues on Spitzer
  • JPL Level A Leadership Award, 1999
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, 1999 : Development of the Cryogenic HEMT Optimization Program

Selected Publications

see Curriculum Vitae for full listing of publications