Claude R. Canizares

Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Claude R. Canizares HeadshotClaude Canizares is the Bruno Rossi Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  At MIT since 1971, he has served as vice president (2013-2015), vice president for research and associate provost (2006-2013), associate provost (2001-2006), and director of the Center for Space Research (1990-2002).  He oversaw the MIT Lincoln Laboratory from 2001 to 2014.  Professor Canizares is a principal investigator on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and associate director of its science center. He has also worked on several other space astronomy missions and is author or co-author of more than 230 scientific papers.

Professor Canizares’ service outside MIT has included the Department of Commerce’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee as well as the National Research Council’s (NRC) Committee on Science, Technology and the Law and the Committee on Federal Regulations and Reporting Requirements.  He served as chair of the NRC’s Space Studies Board and was a member of the NASA Advisory Council and the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, among others.  He is also a member of the L-3 Communications, Inc. Board of Directors.  Professor Canizares is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the International Academy of Astronautics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Physical Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  He has also received several awards including decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service to the United States Air Force, the Goddard medal, and two NASA Public Service Medals.

Professor Canizares received his bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in physics from Harvard University.