Roger Malina

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Roger Malina in 2010

Roger Malina (born July 6, 1950) is an American physicist, astronomer, Executive Editor of Leonardo Publications by Leonardo, the International Society of Arts, Sciences and Technology (published by MIT Press) and distinguished professor of arts and technology, and professor of physics at the University of Texas at Dallas. He is also a Directeur de Recherche of the CNRS at the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille. Malina serves on the Advisory Council of METI (Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence). His specialty in astrophysics is space instrumentation. His current work focusses on connections between science and art.

Malina obtained his B.S. in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, and his Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1979.[1] He was Principal Investigator for the NASA Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer Satellite at the University of California, Berkeley.[2] He is former director of the Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence (OAMP) and of the Laboratoire d'Astrophysique de Marseille in Marseille, and member of its observational cosmology group, which performs on investigations on the nature of dark matter and dark energy.[2][3][4]

Malina is president of the Association Leonardo in France, which fosters connections between the arts, sciences and technology, and has been the editor-in-chief of Leonardo magazine at MIT Press since 1982.[2] He is also member of the Mediterranean Institute for Advanced Study (Institut Méditerranéen de Recherches Avancées, IMERA),[2] which he has helped to set up[2] and which aims at contributing to interdisciplinarity and which places emphasis on the human dimensions of the sciences.[5] He is member of the jury for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2011.[6]

In 2011, Malina was appointed as distinguished professor of art and technology[2] and professor of physics[citation needed] at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he is to teach in Spring 2012.[7]

Roger Malina is the son of Frank Malina, research engineer in rocket propulsion, first director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, kinetic artist and founder of Leonardo Journal.


  • Stuart Bowyer and Roger F. Malina (eds.): Astrophysics in the Extrême Ultraviolet, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1996, ISBN 978-0-7923-3908-3
  • Roger F. Malina and Stuart Bowyer (eds.): Extreme Ultraviolet Astronomy, Pergamon Press, 1991.
  • Jürgen Claus, "Roger F. Malina", in: "Liebe die Kunst. Eine Autobiografie in einundzwanzig Begegnungen", Kerber/ZKM, 2013, pp. 204-217. ISBN 978-3-86678-788-9


  1. ^ Curriculum vitae, Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence, downloaded 19. November 2011
  2. ^ a b c d e f Roger Malina, on his own site, downloaded 19. November 2011
  3. ^ Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille-Provence, Département Gassendi, downloaded 19. November 2011
  4. ^ Roger Malina, American Society for Cybernetics, 2011, downloaded 19. November 2011
  5. ^ The Aix-Marseille Institute for Advanced Study, IMERA, downloaded 19. November 2011
  6. ^ The Buckminster Fuller Challenge: Jury, downloaded 19. November 2011
  7. ^ Class Profile: Special Topics in Arts and Technology, University of Texas at Dallas, downloaded 19. November 2011

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