Thomas M. Brown Appointed STScI Hubble Space Telescope Mission Head

Ann Jenkins, jenkins@stsci.edu

Dr. Kenneth R. Sembach, Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Thomas M. Brown to STScI Hubble Space Telescope Mission Head. Dr. Brown has a long history with Hubble and Webb. From 2001 to 2008, he served as an Instrument Scientist for Hubble's Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and Wide Field Camera 3. He then became the Webb Mission Scientist, where he prioritized and guided the Institute's work on Webb instruments and optics, and coordinated these efforts with teams throughout the Institute. In this role, he also worked with the Institute's partners on the development of the mission's operations and science support.

Dr. Brown is a recognized expert in using astronomical data collected with space observatories, including Hubble. He has been an active and highly successful Hubble observer for many years, focusing on the star-formation histories of nearby galaxies and the late phases of stellar evolution.

Dr. Brown earned both his Ph.D. and M.A. in astrophysics from the Johns Hopkins University, where he also worked on the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope, flown on the Astro-2 space shuttle mission. He earned his B.S. in physics and astrophysics from Pennsylvania State University.