The Chief Scientist is the most senior science position at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The Chief Scientist serves as the principal advisor to the NASA Administrator in science issues and as interface to the national and international science community, ensuring that NASA research programs are widely regarded as scientifically and technologically well founded and are appropriate for their intended applications.[1]


The Chief Scientist position was created to advise the NASA Administrator on budget, strategic objectives, and current content of NASA's science programs. The Chief Scientist works closely with appropriate representatives of the NASA Strategic Enterprises and the Field Centers, as well as advisory committees and the external community. The Chief Scientist represents the Agency's scientific objectives and accomplishments to other federal agencies, industry, academia, other government organizations, the international community, and the general public.[1]

The Chief Scientist chairs the NASA Science Council, a forum for discussion of the Agency policies, practices, and issues from the viewpoint of the science disciplines.[2]

The NASA chief scientist position was discontinued in Sept 2005 and many of the functions moved to be within the Science Mission Directorate (SMD).

The position was restored in 2011.[3]

List of Chief ScientistsEdit


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  10. "NASA - Chief Scientist John M. Grunsfeld". 2007-11-22. Archived from the original on 2004-10-31. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  11. "NASA - Dr. James B. Garvin Chief Scientist". Archived from the original on 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
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