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Peter Eisenhardt

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4800 Oak Grove Drive
M/S 169-327

Pasadena, CA 91109





Member of:

Structure of the Universe

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)

Professional Experience

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Current Positions

  • Senior Research Scientist
  • Project Scientist for Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer

Research Interests

  • Galaxy Evolution
  • Space Infrared Astronomy

Selected Awards

  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2013)
  • NASA Exceptional Service Medal (2011)
  • JPL Edward Stone Award for Outstanding Research Publication (2009)
  • NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (2009)

Selected Publications

  1. Eisenhardt, Peter R. M. et al, The CatWISE Preliminary Catalog: Motions from WISE and NEOWISE Data, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 247, 69 (2020)
  2. Eisenhardt, Peter R. M. et al, The First Hyper-Luminous Infrared Galaxy Discovered by WISE, Astrophysical Journal, 755, 173 (2012)
  3. Wright, Edward L. Eisenhardt, Peter R. M. et al., The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE): Mission Description and Initial On-orbit Performance, Astronomical Journal, 140, 1868, (2010)
  4. Eisenhardt, Peter R. M. et al., Clusters of Galaxies in the First Half of the Universe from the IRAC Shallow Survey, Astrophysical Journal, 684, 905 (2008)
  5. Eisenhardt, P.R. et al., The IRAC Shallow Survey, Astrophysical Journal Supplement, 154, 48 (2004)
  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)

In addition to over 200 refereed publications, Eisenhardt is the co-author with Michael Werner of a book on the scientific accomplishments of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, entitled “More Things in the Heavens: How Infrared Astronomy Is Expanding Our View of the Universe,” and published by Princeton University Press in 2019.