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Dr. Jane Rigby

Dr. Jane Rigby

Dr. Jane Rigby with JWST. Credit: D. Friedlander

Dr. Jane Rigby, Astrophysicist and Civil Servant
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Observational Cosmology Lab (Code 665)
Phone: (301)-286-1507

Jane Rigby is a NASA astrophysicist who serves asthe Senior Project Scientist for the Webb Telescope. Her research focuses on how galaxies evolve over cosmic time, by using the techniques of diagnostic spectroscopy and gravitational lensing. She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific papers, is the Principal Investigator of the TEMPLATES JWST Early Release Science program, and is active user of the JWST, Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra observatories in space, and the Keck and Magellan observatories on Earth. Before coming to NASA, Dr. Rigby was a Spitzer Fellow and Carnegie Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories; she holds PhD and MS degrees in Astronomy from the University of Arizona, and BS degrees in Physics and Astronomy from Penn State.

Dr. Jane Rigby

Dr. Jane Rigby. Credit: Bill Ingalls

Dr. Rigby is one of the leaders of the team that commissioned the Webb telescope. She was named to Nature's list of ten individuals who shaped science in 2022, and to the BBC's list of 100 inspiring and influential women for 2022. She received NASA's Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal in 2022, and was the 2023 Fred Kavli Prize plenary lecturer for the American Astronomical Society.

Dr. Rigby briefed the President and Vice President of the United States on the first JWST science images in July 2022. A dynamic communicator of science, Rigby has given public lectures to large audiences including (video links): TEDx, the Library of Congress, and the Huntington Library.