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Claude R. Canizares

Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, 2006 - present

Associate Provost, 2001 - 2006

Bruno B. Rossi Distinguished Professor in Experimental Physics

Associate Director for MIT of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center

Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, 2006 - present

Associate Provost, 2001 - 2006

Bruno B. Rossi Distinguished Professor in Experimental Physics

Associate Director for MIT of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center

Claude R. Canizares
Vice President for Research and Associate Provost, 2006 - present
Associate Provost, 2001 – 2006
Bruno B. Rossi Distinguished Professor in Experimental Physics
Associate Director for MIT of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center

Claude Canizares is the vice president for research and associate provost at MIT, and he holds the Bruno B. Rossi professorship in experimental physics. Professor Canizares oversees a list of more than a dozen interdisciplinary research labs and centers, including the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, the Broad Institute, and Haystack observatory, as well as centers that focus on nanotechnology, magnets, and health sciences. He also heads MIT's research policy committee, serves as associate director for MIT of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, and he is a principle investigator at NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Professor Canizares is a former head of MIT's Center for Space Research, which is now the Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research.

Highlights of this interview include:

  • The road from specialization in particle physics to X-ray astronomy and the evolution of that field, including satellites and the Chandra project.
  • MIT international research endeavors, addressing the subject of spurring economies, especially Russia, as well as MIT’s responsibilities towards improving the nation and the world.
  • Political issues facing MIT, including tax-exempt status, export regulations, federal funding, and the service role of the research university.
  • The fostering of major interdisciplinary research initiatives, namely, the MIT Energy Initiative and the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research.

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