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Peter Eisenhardt
WISE Project Scientist

  • B.A., Physics and Astronomy (Magna Cum Laude with Honors), University of Pennsylvania (1974-1978)
  • Certificate of Post-Graduate Study in Natural Science, Churchill College, University of Cambridge (1978-1979)
  • Ph.D. in Astronomy, University of Arizona (1979-1984)

Research Interests
  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Space Infrared Astronomy


Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is a four-channel, super-cooled infrared telescope designed to survey the entire sky with 1,000 times more sensitivity than previous infrared missions.

Professional Experience
Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Current Positions
  • Principal Scientist
  • Project Scientist for Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

Selected Awards
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, MSL REMS Instrument Development and Science Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, WISE Brown Dwarf Team (2013)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, NEOWISE Team (2012)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, WISE Project Science Team (2011)
  • Muhlmann Award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific to the Spitzer Space Telescope Team (2010)
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2009)

Selected Publications
  1. Eisenhardt, P.R. et al., The IRAC Shallow Survey, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 154, 48 (2004)
  2. de Propris, Roberto, Stanford, S. Adam, Eisenhardt, Peter R., and Dickinson, Mark, "The K-selected Butcher-Oemler Effect," Astrophysical Journal, 598 (2003)
  3. Eisenhardt, P. and Wright, E.L., "Next generation sky survey (NGSS), in IR Space Telescopes and Instruments," edited by John C. Mather, Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 4850, p. 1050 (2003)
  4. Stern, Daniel, Eisenhardt, Peter, Spinrad, Hyron, Dawson, Steve, van Breugel, Wil, Dey, Arjun, de Vries, Wim, and Stanford, S. A., "Evidence against a redshift z > 6 for the galaxy STIS123627+621755," Nature, 408, 560 (2000)
  5. de Propris, Roberto, Stanford, S. A., Eisenhardt, Peter R., Dickinson, Mark, and Elston, Richard, "The K-Band Luminosity Function in Galaxy Clusters to Z 1," Astronomical Journal, 118, 719 (1999)
  6. Simpson, Chris and Eisenhardt, Peter, "The Detection and Photometric Redshift Determination of Distant Galaxies Using SIRTF's Infrared Array Camera," Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 111, 691 (1999)
  7. Stanford, S. A., Eisenhardt, Peter R., and Dickinson, Mark, "The Evolution of Early-Type Galaxies in Distant Clusters," Astrophysical Journal, 492, 461 (1998)
  8. Eisenhardt, Peter R., Armus, Lee, Hogg, David W., Soifer, B. T., Neugebauer, G., and Werner, Michael W., Hubble Space Telescope Observations of the Luminous IRAS Source FSC 10214+4724: A Gravitationally Lensed Infrared Quasar, Astrophysical Journal, 461, 72 (1996)

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