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CXC Biographies: Dr. Claude R. Canizares
Associate Director for MIT, Chandra X-ray Center
Claude R. Canizares

Professor Canizares is the Vice President for Research and Associate Provost at MIT and the Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics. He has overall responsibility for research activity and policy at the Institute, overseeing more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers including the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Broad Institute, the Plasma Science and Fusion Center, the Research Laboratory of Electronics, the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnology, the Francis Bitter Magnet Laboratory, Haystack Observatory and the Division of Health Sciences and Technology. He oversees several offices dealing with research policy and administration, he chairs the Research Policy Committee and serves on the Academic Council and the Academic Appointments committee among others. His service outside MIT includes the Council of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council (NRC) committees on Science Engineering and Public Policy and on Science Communication and National Security. He is also on the Board of Directors of the L-3 Communications, Inc. Professor Canizares is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Professor Canizares is the Associate Director of the Chandra X-ray Observatory Center and a principal investigator on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, having led the development of the Chandra High Resolution Transmission Grating Spectrometer. His main research interests are high resolution x-ray spectroscopy and plasma diagnostics of supernova remnants and clusters of galaxies, X-ray studies of dark matter, X-ray properties of quasars and active galactic nuclei, and observational cosmology. He is author or co-author of more than 200 scientific papers.

Professor Canizares earned his BA, MA and Ph.D. in physics from Harvard University. He came to MIT as a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics Department in 1971 and joined the faculty in 1974. Professor Canizares has received several awards including decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service to the United States Air Force, two NASA Public Service Medals, and the Goddard Medal of the American Astronautical Society.

The Chandra Chronicles: An Interview with Claude Canizares

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