Template:Infobox person Dr. Kimberly A. Weaver (born April 19, 1964 in Morgantown, West Virginia) is an American astrophysics astronomer and professor. She has worked with NASA on several research projects. She is often seen on many television programs about astronomy. She is an expert in the area of x-ray astronomy.[1]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

As a five-year-old girl she was impressed by pictures of planets and galaxies as well as the 300 foot antenna dish of the National Radio Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. She also credits the Apollo 11 lunar mission as the inspiration to become a career scientist at NASA.[2] She attended West Virginia University and completed a B.S.degree in physics in 1987.[3] She then enrolled at the University of Maryland in 1988. It was there that she began as a student intern at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Kim graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 with M.S. in Astronomy. She was accepted to the University of Maryland at College Park and graduated in 1993 with Ph.D. in astronomy. Her doctoral thesis was in complex broad-band x-ray spectra of Seyfert Galaxies hey.[1] Weaver spent an additional two years as a postdoctoral research associate at Penn State and another two years as an associate research scientist at Johns Hopkins University.[1][4] In 1998, she returned to Goddard.[2]'''

Career[edit | edit source]

At Goddard's Laboratory for High Energy Astrophysics, Weaver was a civil servant scientist. There she concentrated on x-ray astronomy, particularly on the Constellation X satellite project, which is part of NASA's "Beyond Einstein" program, as the Deputy Project Scientist.[2] During her tenure at Goddard, she also worked extensively with the Chandra X-ray Telescope where many important observations were made with respect to starburst galaxies, black holes and other astronomical phenomena.[5] In addition to Chandra, Weaver has worked with other x-ray telescopes such as the XXM-Newton, RXTE, and the BeppoSAX, satellites. In 2005 she was on special assignment to the California Institute of Technology as the Spitzer Program Scientist for NASA.[2] Currently Weaver, in addition to working with NASA, is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.[3]

Research interests[edit | edit source]

Weaver has many research interests, including:[1] General X-Ray Astronomy, Active Galactic Nuclei, Starburst Galaxies, and Black Hole formation.

Awards[edit | edit source]

Weaver has received many awards including:[1][6]

  • 2007, West Virginia University Alumni Recognition Award
  • 1996, Presidential Early Career Award, NASA
  • 1991-1993, NASA Graduate Student Researcher's Fellowship
  • 1992, NASA Peer Award

Publications[edit | edit source]

Weaver has been published in over 60 scientific journals including:[1]

  • "On the Evidence of Extreme Gravity Effects in MCG-6-30-15", Weaver,K.A., and Yaqoob, T. 1998, ApJ, 502, L139
  • "An X-Ray Minisurvey of Nearby Edge-On Starburst Galaxies. II. The Question of Metal Abundance.", Weaver, K.A., Heckman, T.M., Dahlem, M. 2000 ApJ 534, 684

She is also the author of the book, "The Violent Universe: Joyrides Through the X-Ray Cosmos", published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

Professional society memberships[edit | edit source]

Weaver is involved with many professional groups and organizations,[1][7] such as:

Quotes[edit | edit source]

"We already know that powerful quasars are very efficient at making light. Now we know that black holes in elliptical galaxies are efficient as well."[8]

"In an environmental sense, the black holes are actually preventing galactic sprawl from taking over the neighborhood."[8]

Personal[edit | edit source]

Weaver enjoys music, art, and singing. She also loves community theatre, where she participates in acting, directing and set design. She especially likes playing the part of Elvira in Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit.[2] While in college she was a member of the WVU marching band and in 1986 was elected Miss Mountaineer. Weaver has a particular interest involving children with astronomy.[3] She is the daughter of Kenna and Patricia Weaver who still reside in Morgantown, West Virginia.[9]

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