Meet the Riekes: Researcher Spouses Speak on Science, Football and Shutterbug Scuffles
George and Marcia Rieke are UA Regents' Professors, world-renowned astronomers and a husband-and-wife research team.
Marcia Rieke’s research interests include infrared observations of the center of the Milky Way and other galaxies. In 2007, she was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, joining the ranks of former vice presidents and Supreme Court justices, Nobel and Academy Award winners and prominent executives. She has served as the deputy principal investigator on the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer for the Hubble Space Telescope.
George Rieke has been instrumental in the Spitzer Telescope, which dramatically expanded our understanding of the universe and its origin, and in the James Webb Space Telescope project. He was the principal investigator of the Multiband Imaging Photometer for the Spitzer Space Telescope and is the science team leader for the Mid-Infrared Instrument of the James Webb Space Telescope, scheduled for launch in 2017 or 2018. He was elected a member to the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year.
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