Claude R. Canizares

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Primary Section: 12, Astronomy
Secondary Section: 13, Physics
Membership Type:
Member (elected 1993)


Canizares is the Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At MIT since 1971, he has served as Vice President (2013-2015), Vice President for Research & Associate Provost (2006-2013), Associate Provost (2001-2006), and Director of the Center for Space Research (1990-2002).  He earned his BA, MA and Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. He is a principal investigator on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and Associate Director of its science center. He led the development of the High Resolution Transmission Grating Spectrometer on Chandra and of the crystal spectrometer on the earlier Einstein Observatory. He has served on numerous advisory committees, including the NASA Advisory Council, the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and the Space Studies Board (as chair). He served as a member of the L-3 Technologies, Inc. (now L3Harris) Board of Directors. 

Research Interests

Research interests are X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray instrumentation, plasma diagnostics, supernova remnants, galaxies, clusters of galaxies, quasars and active galactic nuclei, cosmology.

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