David Louis Band
|David Louis Band|
January 9, 1957|
Boston, United States
|Died||March 16, 2009
Potomac, Maryland, United States
|Institutions||Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)|
|Doctoral advisor||Jonathan Grindlay|
David Band was born January 9, 1957, in Potomac, Maryland to a Jewish family. His father was Arnold Band, professor of Jewish and Hebrew literature at UCLA, and his mother was Ora Band, Hebrew teacher.
After graduating from MIT in Physics (1979), David continued as a graduate student in Physics at Harvard. He got his MA in 1980 and his Ph.D. Physics at Harvard in 1985 in the title of "Non‑thermal Radiation Mechanisms and Processes in SS433 and Active Galactic Nuclei" (supervised by Prof. Jonathan Grindlay).
Scientific work 
After he received his Ph.D. Dr. Band held postdoctoral positions at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, the University of California at Berkeley and the Center for Astronomy and Space Sciences at the University of California San Diego. He worked on the BATSE experiment that was part of the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), launched in 1991.
After the CGRO mission ended, Dr. Band moved to the Los Alamos National Laboratory where he worked mainly on classified research and continued to work on GRB energetics and spectra. When NASA planned two new follow‑up missions to CGRO, the Swift and GLAST observatories, David Band seized an opportunity in 2001 to join the staff the Fermi Science Support Center at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.