Tod R. Lauer

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Tod R. Lauer
Born 1957
Residence Arizona,United States
Citizenship United States
Nationality USA
Fields Astronomy
Institutions NOAO
Princeton University
Alma mater Caltech
UC Santa Cruz
Notable awards NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement (1992)

Tod R. Lauer is an American astronomer on the research staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. He was a member of the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary Camera team, and is a founding member of the Nuker Team. His research interests includes observational searches for massive black holes[1] in the centers of galaxies, the structure of elliptical galaxies, stellar populations, large-scale structure of the universe, and astronomical image processing.[2] He is PI[clarification needed] of the Destiny JDEM concept study.[3] Asteroid 3135 Lauer is named for him.


  1. ^ Lauer, T. R. et al. 2007, Astrophysical Journal v.662, pp. 808-834; "The Masses of Nuclear Black Holes in Luminous Elliptical Galaxies and Implications for the Space Density of the Most Massive Black Holes"
  2. ^ Lauer, T. R. 1999, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific v.111, pp. 227-237; "Combining Undersampled Dithered Images"
  3. ^ Benford, D. J. & T. R. Lauer 2006, Proceedings of the SPIE, Volume 6265, pp. 626528 "Destiny: a candidate architecture for the Joint Dark Energy Mission"

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