Paul H. Geithner


hello and welcome to my biographical website!

I work at NASA on the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is the next large space telescope and the scientific successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).  I came to NASA in 1991 to work on repair of the Hubble, managing the team that developed its first corrective optics (a device called "COSTAR") and subsequently overseeing other developments and upgrades to Hubble.  Before coming to NASA I was an officer in the United States Air Force, living near Los Angeles and working on the "Star Wars" program in its early days during the Reagan administration.  I also worked for a short time in consumer credit and was a project manager at a start-up firm developing cutting-edge undersea fiber optic communications equipment and systems.  I’ve always been keenly interested in science, engineering, and exploration, so I very much enjoy my profession (that’s me in a cleanroom ‘bunny suit’ in the photo above).


I earned a BS in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech (1984) and an MBA from the University of Virginia (1991).  I have a wonderful family and life is good!  I like building things, (see my Triumph Spitfire website and some photos from some home improvements), surfing, golfing, exercising, and being outside (sailing, gardening, skiing, hiking, etc.).


Thanks for visiting-


created: Nov 1995

updated: Jan 2009

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