Dr. Anne Kinney is director of the Astronomy and Physics Division in the Office of Space Science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. That division manages a number of major space astronomy missions includes the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the Microwave Anisotropy Mission, and several others as well as upcoming missions such as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, the Space Interferometry Mission, the Next Generation Space Telescope, Gravity Probe-B, and the Terrestrial Planet Finder, a mission to find and characterize Earth-like planets.
Kinney is originally from Wisconsin, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in 1975. She also studied in Denmark for several years at the Niels Bohr Institute. In 1984, she received a doctorate in physics from New York University.
Kinney is an expert in extragalactic astronomy and has worked on characterizing the optical and ultraviolet spectra of quasars, blazers, active galaxies and normal galaxies. She has studied signatures of accretion disks in active galaxies and demonstrated that the disks lie at random angles relative to their host galaxies. She was instrument scientist on one of the original instruments to fly on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Faint Object Spectrograph. She worked in education and public outreach with the Hubble Space Telescope and was involved in creating the program Amazing Space (http://amazing-space.stsci.edu), an educational web site for children learning basic principles of science, math and astronomy.
Kinney served on the Council of the American Astronomical Society and has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, UK