Hilton Lewis, W. M. Keck Observatory Director
As Director, Lewis is responsible for the operation and performance of W. M. Keck Observatory with its twin 10-meter optical/infrared telescopes, and for the development of new capabilities. Lewis works closely with the staff, partner institutions, and scientists to ensure the continued success of Keck Observatory and foster the development of its scientific capabilities and overall productivity.
Lewis was recruited in 1986 to lead the design and development of the software that controls Keck Observatory’s twin telescopes. He has held many leadership roles throughout the history of the Observatory, ranging from leading software development to overseeing the full range of technical activities.
Lewis holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and earned his MBA from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. His professional interests include leadership and motivation of high-tech teams, strategic planning, multiple-year plan design, and effective project planning and execution.
Lewis has dedicated his career to building, operating, and updating the most sophisticated ground-based optical/infrared telescopes in the world, a commitment that has contributed to the unprecedented astronomical innovation and forefront science of Keck Observatory.
CARA Board of Directors
Thomas Soifer, Chair
Director, Spitzer Science Center, California Institute of Technology
George R. Blumenthal, Vice-Chair
Chancellor, University of California at Santa Cruz
Board of Directors
Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs, University of California
Kent and Joyce Kresa Leadership Chair, Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy and Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics at Caltech
Director, University of California Observatories (UCO)
Director, Caltech Optical Observatories, California Institute of Technology
Hashima Hasan, NASA Liaison
Program Scientist, NASA
Robert McLaren, Interim Director
Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii
T.J. Keck, Keck Representative
W. M. Keck Foundation
Science Steering Committee
Today Keck Observatory is supported by both public funding sources and private philanthropy. As a 501(c)3, the organization is managed by the California Association for Research in Astronomy (CARA), whose Board of Directors includes representatives from the California Institute of Technology and the University of California, with liaisons to the board from NASA and the Keck Foundation.