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Peter K. G. Williams

Center for Astrophysics
Research associate


I’m the Innovation Scientist of the CfA and the American Astronomical Society (AAS). I’m also Director of the AAS WorldWide Telescope project. My astrophysical research focuses on the magnetism of other stars and planets, large surveys, and the techniques of radio interferometry.

As Innovation Scientist, my job is to make other astronomers’ jobs easier. The new technologies of the 21st century present an enormous opportunity to improve all aspects of the research enterprise — but working scientists don’t have the time to chase every new fad that comes out of Silicon Valley. I try to promote and build tools that help astronomers do their research faster and better.

PhD, UC Berkeley, 2012