France A. Cordova
National Science Foundation
Academic administrator; Astrophysicist
Public Affairs, Business, and Administration
Educational and Academic Leadership
President. President since 2007. Scientific contributions in the areas of observational and experimental astrophysics, space-borne instrumentation, and multi-spectral research on X-ray and gamma ray sources, using telescopes on the ground and in space to approach a more comprehensive understanding of cosmic sources of radiation. Chief scientist at NASA, the youngest person ever to hold that post. Recipient of the Distinguished Service Medal.