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Dr. Bradley Peterson

Dr. Bradley Peterson

Dr. Peterson is Professor and Chair of Astronomy at The Ohio State University. Professor Peterson has been at the forefront of efforts to understand the cosmic history of quasars and galaxies. He has pioneered innovative techniques to study the near environments of the supermassive black holes that reside at the centers of galaxies and power the most luminous objects in the universe, quasars and active galactic nuclei.  Professor Peterson is best known for his development of methods for measuring the masses of supermassive black holes throughout the universe. Professor Peterson’s previous service to NASA includes membership on the Structure and Evolution of the Universe Subcommittee and chairing the Astrophysics Working Group. He is currently a member of the James Webb Space Telescope Advisory Committee and is former chair of the Space Telescope Institute Council. He is a Fellow of the AAAS and an Ohio State University Distinguished Scholar.