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Thomas Gautier
Kepler Project Scientist

  • B.S., Physics, University of Michigan (1970)
  • Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Arizona (1978)

Research Interests
  • Extra-solar planetary systems and planet detection
  • Astronomical instrumentation
  • Scientific and engineering problems associated with spaceflight projects


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The Kepler Mission, NASA's mission to find how many potentially habitable exoplanets exist, launched in 2009 and is now finding thousands of exoplanet candidates.

Professional Experience
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (1982-1985 and 1990-Present)
    • Project Scientist, Kepler Project, (2002 - Present)
    • Research Scientist, Astrophysics and Space Sciences Division (1990 - Present)
    • Research Scientist, IRAS Project (1985 - 1985)
    • National Research Council Resident Research Associate (1982 - 1984)
  • California Institute of Technology, Research Scientist, Infrared Processing and Analysis Center (1985 - 1990)
  • University of Arizona, Steward Observatory, Research Associate (1978 - 1982)

Selected Awards
  • NASA Group Achievement Award, WISE Brown Dwarf Team (2013)
  • Explorer Award for Scientific and Technical Excellence (2011)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award WISE Project Science Team (2011)
  • Explorer Award for Scientific and Technical Excellence (2010)
  • NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal (2010)
  • GSFC Outstanding Teamwork Award for the WIRE Misison Team (1999)
  • JPL Group Special Achievement Award for the SIRTF Source Selection Board (1997)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to the IRAS Sky Survey Atlas Team (1992)
  • NASA Individual Achievement Award for development and production of the IRAS Sky Survey Atlas (1992)
  • NASA Group Achievement Award to the IRAS Mission Data Analysis System (1984)
  • NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award to the IRAS Joint Infrared Science Working Group (1984)
  • NASA Public Service Group Achievement Award to The Spacelab 2 Small Helium Cooled Infrared Telescope Team (1983)

Selected Publications
  1. Werner, M.; Roellig, T. L.; Low, F. J.; Rieke, G.; Rieke, M.; Hoffmann, W. F.; Young, E.; Houck, J.; Fazio, G.; Hora, J.; Gehrz, R.; Soifer, T.; Helou, G.; Keene, J.; Eisenhardt, P.; Gallagher, D.; Gautier, T. N.; Irace, W.; Lawrence, C.; Simmons, L.; Wright, E. L.; Jura, M.; Cruikshank, D.; Brandl, B. (2004) "The Spitzer Space Telescope: The First Nine Months", ApJ, submitted, (2004)
  2. Gautier, T.N. and Gilliland, R. (2004) "Expected effects of hot CCD pixels on detection of transits of extra solar planets with the Kepler Mission", Proc. SPIE vol. 5487.
  3. Lawrence, Charles R.; Eisenhardt, Peter; Emming, Jan G.; Finley, Paul T.; Gautier, Thomas N., III; Helou, George; Hopkins, Richard A.; Johnson, Gregory B.; Keene, Jocelyn; Kwok, Johnny H.; Lee, Jeff H.; Nieczkoski, Stephen J.; Roellig, Thomas L.; Schweickart, Russell B. (2003) "Operating SIRTF for maximum lifetime", Proc. SPIE, Vol. 4850, pp. 153-161.
  4. Borucki, W. J.; Koch, D.; Basri, G.; Brown, T.; Caldwell, D.; Devore, E.; Dunham, E.; Gautier, T.; Geary, J.; Gilliland, R.; Gould, A.; Howell, S.; Jenkins, J., (2003) "Kepler Mission: a mission to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone", Proc. of the Conference on Towards Other Earths: DARWIN/TPF and the Search for Extrasolar Terrestrial Planets, 22-25 April 2003, Heidelberg, Germany. Edited by M. Fridlund, T. Henning, compiled by H. Lacoste. ESA SP-539, Noordwijk, Netherlands: ESA Publications Division, p. 69 - 81.
  5. Lonsdale, C. J.; Smith, H. E.; Rowan-Robinson, M.; Surace, J.; Shupe, D.; Xu, C.; Oliver, S.; Padgett, D.; Fang, F.; Conrow, T.; Franceschini, A.; Gautier, N.; Griffin, M.; Hacking, P.; Masci, F.; Morrison, G.; O'Linger, J.; Owen, F.; Pérez-Fournon, I.; Pierre, M.; Puetter, R.; Stacey, G.; Castro, S.; Del Carmen Polletta, M.; Farrah, D.; Jarrett, T.; Frayer, D.; Siana, B.; Babbedge, T.; Dye, S.; Fox, M.; Gonzalez-Solares, E.; Salaman, M.; Berta, S.; Condon, J. J.; Dole, H.; Serjeant, S., (2003), "SWIRE: The SIRTF Wide-Area Infrared Extragalactic Survey", PASP, 115, Issue 810, pp. 897-927.
  6. Jackson, T., Werner, M. W., Gautier, T. N., (2003) "A Catalog of Filamentary Structures in the Interstellar Medium" Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series, 149, pp. 365-373, (2003).
  7. Ennico, K. A., Sandford, S., Cox, S., Ellis, Be., Gallagher, D. J., Gautier, N., Greene, T. P., McCreight, C. R., Mills, G., Purcell, W. R., (2002), "AstroBiology Explorer (ABE) MIDEX mission concept" Proc. SPIE, 4495, 273
  8. Buzasi, D., Catanzarite, J., Laher, R., Conrow, T., Shupe, D., Gautier, T. N., III, Kreidl, T., Everett, D., (2000) "The Detection of Multimodal Oscillations on ± Ursae Majoris", ApJ (Letters), 532, L133.
  9. Hogg, D. W., Pahre, M. A., Adelberger, K. L., Blandford, R., Cohen, J. G., Gautier, T. N., Jarrett, T., Neugebauer, G., Steidel, C. C., (2000), "UGRK Photometry in the Hubble Deep field region" VizieR On-line Data Catalog: J/ApJS/127/1
  10. Hogg, David W., Pahre, Michael A., Adelberger, Kurt L., Blandford, Roger, Cohen, Judith G., Gautier, T. N., Jarrett, Thomas, Neugebauer, Gerry, Steidel, Charles C., (2000) "Caltech Faint Galaxy Redshift Survey. IX. Source Detection and Photometry in the Hubble Deep Field Region" ApJ Supplement Series, 127, 1.

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