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Marcia Rieke

Marcia Rieke

Marcia Rieke is a Professor of Astronomy at The University of Arizona in Tucson. She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from The Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Physics (S.B. 1972, Ph.D. 1976).

Her current research interests are infrared astronomy and instrumentation. She has been a large supporter and active member of both the HST NICMOS campaign and the Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF).

"I grew up reading science fiction and initially thought I wanted to be an astronaut. In college I discovered that I preferred astronomy and physics and switched majors in my freshman year. My entire career has been spent at the University of Arizona were the clear, dry skies enable as much infrared astronomy as can be done from the ground. NICMOS with its advantages on HST has been an enormous amount of fun to use, and the chance to study an old favorite like M51 was too good to pass up!"