Jason Kalirai

Space Telescope Science Institute

Dr. Jason Kalirai is a Canadian-born research astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and a research astronomer at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. He obtained a PhD in Astrophysics in 2004 from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Kalirai has published over 50 professional papers in astrophysics, on topics ranging from studies of the end fate of our Sun to the cannibalism of galaxies. He uses the biggest and most powerful ground and space based telescopes for his research, including Hubble. Dr. Kalirai was recently recognized by the American Astronomical Society as their 2013 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize winner, an award given to one astronomer each year under the age of 36 for outstanding achievements in observational astrophysics. Dr. Kalirai is now the Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at STScI. He leads a large public outreach program and is involved in monthly activities to inspire thousands of young students to go into STEM fields.

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