Senior Researcher, KICP
Ph.D., Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, 2003
Tom is an observational cosmologist, concentrating on observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). His thesis experiment was a balloon-borne CMB telescope (TopHat), and since obtaining his PhD he has worked for over 15 years on the South Pole Telescope (SPT) project. He spent three months at the South Pole in 2006-2007 helping to assemble the 10-meter SPT primary mirror and commission the telescope and receiver, and he has been back to visit the telescope many times since. These days Tom spends most of his time mentoring students and postdocs working on data from the SPT. He also plays a major role in developing the next-generation ground-based CMB experiment CMB-S4.
Tom also moonlights as a professional singer and is the founder and director of the Renaissance polyphony ensemble King Solomon's Singers.