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John Trauger

John Trauger

Dr. John Trauger is a Senior Research Scientist with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He received his B.A. in physics from Oberlin College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Trauger is the Principal Investigator for the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) on the Hubble Space Telescope. In 1985, WFPC2 was conceived as a wide-field photometric camera to replace the WF/PC originally launched with the telescope in 1990. In June 1990, following analysis of the first images from Hubble, he proposed to NASA to correct for Hubble's spherical aberration by refiguring small mirrors within WFPC2, a solution which ultimately delivered fully restored imaging. In 1994 he was awarded NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal for his work with the WFPC2 science program. In 1997 he received the Masursky Award for service to planetary science from the American Astronomical Society's Division of Planetary Science.

Trauger is currently developing highly corrected optical instrumentation for space astronomy. His research interests center on the origins and nature of solar-system objects, with focus on the atmospheres and magnetospheres of the outer planets and implications for planetary evolution. He is a member of the NASA science working groups currently working on the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument to be installed in the Hubble Space Telescope in 2004, and the Next Generation Space Telescope scheduled for launch in 2009.