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Tom Barclay

Tom Barclay

     Scientist


Dr. Thomas Barclay is an Astrophysicist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he is Deputy Director of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) Mission's Guest Investigator program. He was formerly Director of the Kepler/K2 mission Guest Observer Office at NASA Ames Research Center where his work with the astronomical community led to thousands of astrophysical and planetary science discoveries including new planets, galaxies and supernovae. Dr. Barclay analyzes data from both ground and space-based exoplanet surveys to search for small, rocky planets and he specializes in devising new methods to confirm their planetary nature. Dr. Barclay grew up in Sheffield in Northern England and received his Ph.D. from the University College London in 2011 where he worked on ultra-compact white dwarf binary stars. He has participated in the discovery of over 800 exoplanets and is known for his discovery of Kepler-37b, a planet about the size of the Moon that is the smallest planet known outside of our Solar System.

Scheduled Programming Events Featuring Tom Barclay

Day Time Name of Event
Fri 05:00PM Opening Ceremonies
Opportunity to meet the LibertyCon Guests and Staff
Event
Centennial Theater
(60 min)
Fri 07:00PM The Discoveries of Kepler-186f and Kepler-37b
Science GOH Elisa Quintana and Exoplanet scientist Tom Barclay discuss their historic discoveries Kepler-186f and Kepler-37b.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 11:00AM The Search for Life in the Universe
Science GOH Dr. Elisa Quintana will moderate this discussion of the current state of this enterprise of grand discovery, to include SETI, missions to the moons in our Solar System, searching for signs of life on exoplanets and updates from the Goldilocks zone.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 12:00PM Urban Fantasy: Druids in the 'Hood Luncheon Banquet and Guest of Honor Speeches
Urban Fantasy themed Luncheon Banquet. Come hear the Guests of Honor speak!
Sat 04:00PM Planetary Formation
Science GOH Elisa Quintana and Exoplanet Scientist Tom Barclay will host this presentation on latest breakthroughs in the science of planetary formation.
Presentation
Finley Room
(60 min)
Sat 11:00PM Mad Scientist Roundtable
Roundtable discussion of various and timely science topics moderated by Dr. Robert Hampson. This is a remarkable panel dating back to the earliest LibertyCons. Everyone gets a say but no one gets to say too much.
Sun 10:00AM Kaffeeklatsch
Have coffee / continental breakfast and chat with the pros