Claudia J. Alexander 1959-2015

Claudia J AlexanderClaudia J. Alexander (1959–2015), Ph.D. was a research scientist specializing in geophysics 
and planetary science. She has worked for the United States Geological Survey and the 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. As member of the technical staff at the Jet 
Propulsion Laboratory, she was the last project manager of NASA’s Galileo mission to Jupiter 
and until the time of her passing had served as project scientist of NASA’s role in the European 
led Rosetta mission to study comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Claudia was the 17th African 
American woman to get a PhD in physics or astronomy (
and the winner was several awards, including the Emerald Honor for Women of Color in 
Research & Engineering by Career Communications Group, the National Women of Color 
Research Sciences and Technology Conference. She was also very active in education and outreach, 
and a mentor to several younger scientists. Our condolences go out to her family, co-workers and friends 
at this time.