November 8-11 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center in Buffalo, New York

Speaker

Judith L. Pipher

Judith L. Pipher has been an infrared astronomer for over 40 years. She obtained her PhD degree from Cornell University in 1971, and assumed a faculty position at the University of Rochester where she began an infrared instrumentation program. Her first instrument was used to obtain observations from the Kuiper Airborne Observatory. Later she concentrated on ground-based astronomy, as well as infrared detector array development. In the early 1980s her group obtained the first infrared array astronomical images, and in 1983, she and her colleague Bill Forrest joined the Infrared Array Camera team for the Space Infrared Telescope Facility. That experiment did not fly until 20 years later, and was renamed Spitzer Space Telescope. She and Forrest were responsible for the development of the infrared cameras on Spitzer which obtained observations at 3.6 and 4.5 microns. Today they are developing 10 micron cameras for the passively cooled space mission NEOCam, but of course, worked on Spitzer, ground-based and other space experiment astronomical data. Her scientific interest is in star formation.
Judith L. Pipher
Professor Emeritus of Astronomy, University of Rochester