John Mulchaey - Southern California's Leadership in Astronomy ID=77387849 (4)

Speaker:   John Mulchaey
Topic:   Southern California's Leadership in Astronomy Today

Dr. John Mulchaey is the Director and Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair of

Carnegie Observatories, one of Pasadena’s oldest establishments. Mulchaey earned his B.S. in Astrophysics from UC Berkeley (1989) and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of Maryland (1994). He was a graduate student fellow at the Space Telescope Science Institute (1994) and a Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellow (1994-1999). He joined Carnegie as a staff member in 1999, and served for five years (2009-2014) as Associated

Director for Academic Affairs before being named The Observatories’ 11th

Director in 2015. As Director, Mulchaey oversees Carnegie’s main campus

in Pasadena as well as Carnegie’s Las Campanas facility in Chile. Las

Campanas will be the home to the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT), a next generation telescope being designed in Pasadena. Mulchaey also serves on the Board for the GMT.


Mulchaey’s research focuses on a wide range of scientific problems

including dark matter and blackholes. In 1993, he led the research team that discovered large amounts of dark matter in the local universe. This

discovery received considerable attention from the press, including front

page coverage in the New York Times and a featured article in Time

magazine. More recently Mulchaey has appeared in the press as one of the

discoverers of the first binary quasar system and as part of the team to

follow-up a mysterious fast radio burst for the first time. Mulchaey served

as a scientific editor for The Astrophysical Journal from 2005 until 2011. He

is also a frequent consultant for both NASA and the National Science


In addition to his research efforts, Mulchaey is actively involved in public

outreach and educational activities in the Los Angeles area. He created the

Carnegie Observatories’ public lecture series, a popular event held each

spring at The Huntington Library. This series, now in its 15th season, attracts a capacity crowd to each event. Mulchaey also hosts astronomy nights at a number of schools in southern California. He has recently secured funding for the creation of science rooms at three local elementary schools and founded a new program for gifted high school science students.

Location:   San Marino Community Church, Fellowship Hall
1750 Virginia Road
San Marino, CA 
Date/Time:   Thursday Aug-30-2018 from 12:10 PM - 5:31 PM