Giant Magellan Telescope Organization names former NIF leader Ed Moses as president

Sept. 3, 2014
Edward Moses, the former Principal Associate Director for the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate at Livermore at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, has been appointed by the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) as president of their organization.  
Dr. Edward Moses

Ed Moses, the former Principal Associate Director for the National Ignition Facility & Photon Science Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), has been appointed by the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization (GMTO) as president of their organization, effective Oct. 2, 2014. Moses is an expert in laser science, optical systems, technology development, systems engineering, and project management, and has played key roles in major LLNL programs over the last 35 years, including Atomic Vapor Laser Isotope Separation, Peregrine, NIF, and the National Ignition Campaign.

The GMTO is a international collaboration with the partner institutions of Astronomy Australia, The Australian National University, Carnegie Institution for Science, Harvard University, Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, Smithsonian Institution, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, The University of Arizona, The University of Chicago, and the Universidade de São Paulo.

The Giant Magellan Telescope, a billion-dollar, 25-m telescope, will be located at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The GMT will be significantly larger than any telescope in existence and will be used to discover and characterize planets around other stars, to probe the formation of stars and galaxies shortly after the Big Bang, to measure the masses of black holes, and to explore fundamental issues in cosmology and physics, including dark matter and dark energy. The giant telescope is expected to come on line early in the next decade.

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