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Dean C. Hines, Ph.D.

MIRI Instrument Team Lead
Space Telescope Science Institute, 440
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
email: hines at

Ph.D. U. Texas at Austin, 1994
M.Sc. New Mexico Tech, 1987
B.Sc. New Mexico Tech, 1985

I use ultraviolet, optical and infrared imaging, spectropolarimetry and spectroscopy, as well as radio imaging using the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico to investigate active galaxies, quasars, stellar evolution, and the formation and evolution of planetary systems. I am a member of the HST/NICMOS, Spitzer/MIPS instrument and science teams, and the JWST/MIRI Instrument Team Lead. I am also the Deputy PI for the EXCEDE mission, and the PI of the Polarimetry Experiment for Zodi.


My dad worked on earth resource satellites and systems for the Apollo program. At six months old, my parents propped me in front of the TV to watch the Faith-7 Mercury launch, and I didn't miss a subsequent televised launch until well into the space shuttle program. In fourth grade, "A Wrinkle in Time" inspired me to become an astrophysicist. I received a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Physics at New Mexico Tech using the VLA. I obtained my Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Texas at Austin, and then moved on to Post-Doc and research faculty positions at the University of Arizona. I joined Space Science Institute in 2002, and the Space Telescope Science Institute in 2010. I have mild Cerebral Palsy (CP), so being an astronaut was not possible. However, working in astronomy and astrophysics has been my ticket to the stars.



Space Telescope Science Institute
3700 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21234

Email: hines @
Phone: 410-338-4374