Jennifer J. Wiseman is an astronomer and a Fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation. She holds a bachelor's degree in physics from MIT and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Harvard. After research fellowships at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Johns Hopkins University, she joined NASA in 2003.
Dr. Wiseman discovered periodic comet 114P/Wiseman-Skiff while working as a research assistant in January 1987. It was discovered on two photographic plates that had been taken on December 28, 1986, by Brian A. Skiff of Lowell Observatory. Wiseman and Skiff confirmed the comet on January 19, 1987. Comet 114P/Wiseman–Skiff is believed to have been the parent body of the first meteor photographed from Mars.
Jennifer Wiseman is chief of the ExoPlanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory in the Astrophysics Science Division at NASA Goddard Space.
Jennifer Wiseman's affection for astronomy began with late-night stargazing walks with her parents on their Arkansas farm. Besides working as an astrophysicist, Jennifer is a public speaker and one of the country's top leaders on science policy. She has written here
about how ASA members can help young Christians in the sciences.