France A. Cordova
National Science Foundation
Public Affairs, Business, and Administration
Educational, Scientific, Cultural, and Philanthropic Administration (Nonprofit Sector)
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.