January 19, 2022 Program Meeting

Speaker: Zoltan Levay

Topic: Creating the Pillars: Visualizing Hubble’s Colorful Universe

Zoltan G. (Zolt) Levay was Imaging Group Lead in the Office of Public Outreach at Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. Since 1993 he was primarily responsible for producing publicly accessible images from Hubble Space Telescope data to illustrate Hubble’s science discoveries. He is a member of the Hubble Heritage Team, a grant-funded program within STScI striving to establish a repository of the visually finest Hubble imagery.

Zolt Levay originally joined STScI as a contractor for Computer Sciences Corporation in 1983, developing software to translate Hubble data into images for analysis. In 1993, he joined the staff of the news office within what would become STScI’s Office of Public Outreach, working with astronomers to prepare their Hubble data for press release images. He retired in 2018.

Levay received his BS in astrophysics in 1975 from Indiana University, and the MS in astronomy in 1978 from Case Western Reserve University.

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