DR. JOHN S. MULCHAEY
Director and Crawford H. Greenewalt Chair at The Observatories of the Carnegie Institution for Science. Founded in 1904, The Observatories is world-renowned for its research on the evolution of the universe.
Mulchaey’s research focuses on a range of key astronomical issues, including dark matter and black holes. In 1993, he led the team that discovered large amounts of dark matter in the local universe, findings that received front-page coverage in The New York Times and a feature in Time magazine. In 2016, Mulchaey appeared in the press as part of the team that identified a mysterious fast radio burst for the first time. He is also a frequent consultant to NASA and the National Science Foundation.
In addition to his research, Mulchaey is actively involved in bringing the stars to the public and students throughout Los Angeles. He created the annual Carnegie Observatories Astronomy Lectures, and hosts astronomy nights at many schools and civic organizations. He secured funding for the creation of science rooms at three local elementary schools, and founded a program for gifted high school science students. In October 2019, he was featured in “Discovering the Universe,” an episode of Public Television series LOST LA.