About Keck

Thomas Soifer

Thomas Soifer

Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy,
California Institute of Technology

Dr. Thomas Soifer is a Professor of Physics, the Chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy and the Director of the Spitzer Science Center. Dr. Soifer has been involved in infrared astronomy, both ground-based and space borne, for more than 40 years. He has served on the W. M. Keck Observatory Science Steering Committee for a total of 12 years, being co-chair of this committee for seven years.

Soifer’s research is centered on understanding the role of dusty, infrared luminous galaxies in the history of star formation in the universe. In this research he uses observations with the Spitzer Space Telescope and follow-on observations using the varied capabilities of the W.M. Keck Observatory. He has been the Co-Principal Investigator on two instruments in general use on the Keck telescopes, the Near Infrared Camera on the Keck I telescope and the Near Infrared Camera 2, which is deployed behind the Adaptive Optics system on the Keck II telescope.

Soifer received his B.S. degree in Physics from Caltech and his Ph.D. in astronomy from Cornell University. He has been on the Caltech faculty since 1978, and has been a Professor of Physics since 1989.