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Infrared astronomy; infrared instrumentation; star formation; planetary nebulae.


Background And Education

Education And Training

Professional Biography

  • Joseph L. Hora is an Astronomer at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian. He has been the Project Scientist for the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on the Spitzer Space Telescope since 1997. In this role he led the IRAC team’s pre-flight testing and calibration effort and in-orbit checkout program, and designed and performed several Galactic science programs using Spitzer and other ground- and space-based data. Hora has been PI or co-I on over 100 successful Spitzer programs. He has also been project scientist on several ground-based near- and mid-IR instruments. His fields of research include star formation and evolved stars, with a specialization in IR instrumentation and observational astronomy. His publications include over 180 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and he has been Principal Investigator on numerous grants and programs, including the Spitzer Legacy Survey of the Cygnus-X region, where he led an international team of collaborators. He has supervised many undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers and fellowship students who have conducted research using the data obtained from various Spitzer programs and other observatories. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Astronomical Society, the International Astronomical Union, and the SPIE. He has been awarded NASA Group Achievement Awards in 2005, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, and 2016 for his accomplishments related to the Spitzer project, and is part of the Spitzer Team that was awarded the 2010 Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Maria and Eric Muhlmann Award. He has served as a review panel member on several HST, Spitzer, and SOFIA observing cycles, on NASA and NSF proposal review panels, and was a member of the NASA Herschel Science Center User’s Panel.

Research And Grants

Research Overview



Selected Publications



Mailing Address

  • 60 Garden St., MS-65
    Cambridge, MA 02138-1516