Peter F. Michelson
Astrophysicist; Educator; Observatory staff member
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Earth Sciences
Peter F. Michelson is a Professor of Physics at Stanford University. Elected 2013 (I:4). His research interests are in the field of high energy astrophysics, particularly X-ray and gamma-ray observations and instrument development. He is currently leading an international team (involving 18 institutions) developing the next-generation orbiting high-energy gamma-ray observatory known as the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST). Dr. Michelson is a past member of the NASA Office of Space Science Structure and Evolution of the Universe Subcommittee (SEUS), and served on the Committee on Gravitational Physics of the National Research Council, and the High-Energy Astrophysics Panel of the NRC Decadal Astronomy Survey Committee. In 2011 Michelson received the Bruno Rossi Prize from the American Astronomical Society, which he shared with Bill Atwood and the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope LAT team "for enabling, through the development of the Large Area Telescope, new insights into neutron stars, supernova remnants, cosmic rays, binary systems, active galactic nuclei, and gamma-ray bursts."