Dr. Edward J. Weiler received his PhD in astrophysics from Northwestern University in 1976. He has published numerous papers in the scientific journals. Prior to joining NASA, Dr. Weiler was a member of the Princeton University research staff. He joined Princeton in 1976 and was based at the Goddard Space Flight Center as the director of science operations of the Orbiting Astronomical Observatory-3 (COPERNICUS).
Dr. Weiler joined NASA Headquarters in 1978 as a staff scientist and was promoted to the Chief of the Ultraviolet/Visible and Gravitational Astrophysics Division in 1979. He also served as the Chief Scientist for the Hubble Space Telescope from 1979 until 1998. Before his 1998 appointment as Associate Administrator, he served as the Director of the Astronomical Search for Origins Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He had served as the Associate Administrator for NASA's Space Science Enterprise from 1998 to 2004. Under his leadership, the Enterprise had numerous successes, including the Chandra, NEAR, MAP, FUSE, Spitzer Space Telescope, Mars Odyssey, and Mars Exploration Rover missions.