Chair Holders

2019 to 2020

2018 to 2019

  • Biography
    Bruce Clarke Bruce Clarke is the Paul Whitfield Horn professor of literature and science in the Department of English at Texas Tech University. His research focuses on 19th- and 20th-century literature and science, with special interests in systems theory, narrative theory and ecology. At the Library, he will work on a project titled “Astrobiology, Ecology and the […]

2017 to 2018

  • Biography
    Lucianne Walkowicz Walkowicz is an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and the 2017-2018 Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/LOC Chair in Astrobiology. They study the ethics of Mars exploration, stellar magnetic activity, how stars influence a planet’s suitability as a host for alien life, and how to use advanced computing to discover unusual events in large astronomical […]

2016 to 2017

  • Biography
    Luis Campos A historian of science, Campos is Associate Professor in the History Department at the University of New Mexico and a Senior Fellow with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center Campos used the Library’s collections to examine the intersection between astrobiology and synthetic biology. His analysis […]

2015 to 2016

  • Biography
    Nathaniel C. Comfort A well-known historian of recent science, biology and biomedicine, Nathanial Comfort will begin on October 1, 2015 as the third Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology at The John W. Kluge Center. As Astrobiology Chair, Comfort will use the Library’s collections to examine the history of the genomic revolution in origin-of-life research, […]

2013 to 2014

  • Biography
    Steven J. Dick The former Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, Dick is an astronomer, author, and historian who served as the chief historian for NASA from 2003 to 2009 and formerly served as an astronomer and historian of science at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C. […]

2012 to 2013

  • Biography
    David Grinspoon A well-known researcher in planetary science, author of “Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life,” and former curator of astrobiology in the Department of Space Sciences at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Grinspoon held the inaugural Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology. As a scholar-in-residence at the Kluge Center […]