Marilyn R. Meade

Department of Astronomy and Space Astronomy Laboratory
University of Wisconsin-Madison
475 N. Charter Street
Madison, WI 53706
meade at


I was employed by the UW Department of Astronomy Space Astronomy Laboratory since 1971 and retired in August 2016. I have worked on many space-based and ground-based astronomy projects. My expertise is in processing and analyzing astronomical data and developing computer programs for the reduction, analysis and archiving of astronomical data. I considered it very important to deliver our astronomical data to National Data Archives so that the data could be used by the entire astronomical community. My involvement with several projects is detailed below.


1971, Bachelor of Science in Astronomy-Physics, with honors, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professional Experience

July 2003 - Aug 2016      Researcher
1989 to June, 2003        Associate Researcher 
1987-1989                 Assistant Researcher 
January-March 1987        Senior Research Specialist
Aug 1971-1986             Specialist-Physical Sciences Research

Projects and Responsibilities

Spitzer Space Telescope (2001-present)
I am a member of the data processing team for the GLIMPSEI, GLIMPSE II, GLIMPSE3D, Vela Carina, GLIMPSE360, Deep GLIMPSE, GLIMPSE Proper, APO-GLIMPSE and SAGE LMC and SMC Legacy projects on the Spitzer Space Telescope. The GLIMPSEI, GLIMPSE II, GLIMPSE3D and Vela-Carina surveys used the IRAC camera (3.6-8 microns) to map the inner Galactic plane with a latitude range of 2 to 8.4 degrees. The GLIMPSE360 survey completed the Spitzer Galactic Plane survey in 2 IRAC bands (3.6 and 4.5 um) in the Spitzer Warm Mission. Deep GLIMPSE observed the Inner Galactic plane with longer exposures. These Galactic plane surveys have cataloged about 200 million sources. The GLIMPSE Proper project is re-imaging areas in the Galactic Center looking for variability and proper motion objects. The APO-GLIMPSE project is re-imaging areas previously observed by GLIMPSE and the APOGEE project. The SAGE LMC and SMC projects mapped the entire Large Magellanic Cloud and Small Magellanic Cloud with the IRAC and MIPS cameras. I am also a member of several Spitzer Guest Observer projects. I helped develop our data processing pipeline, and am responsible for running the pipeline on all the data we receive, creating source lists and images, as well as delivering final data products and providing documentation to the Spitzer Archive. I created and maintained the GLIMPSE web site.

Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer (FUSE)(1998-2008)
FUSE, a satellite launched in 1999, explored the universe in the far ultraviolet at high spectral resolution. I processed hundreds of FUSE spectra which have been presented in several publications.

Ground-based observatory data (1985-present)
From 1989 - 2004 the UW Pine Bluff Observatory spectropolarimeter (HPOL) provided key ground-based observations in support of WUPPE and other astronomical research. I process HPOL data, incorporating final instrumental calibrations, monitor the quality of all processed data, archive data, and provide polarimetric information for the HPOL target database website. I delivered all PBO HPOL medium mode data (from February 1989 -October 2004) to the Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes (MAST). During this time I worked with many graduate and undergraduate students.

Wisconsin Ultraviolet Photo-Polarimeter Experiment(WUPPE)(1983-1998)
WUPPE was a pioneering effort to measure polarization and photometry in the ultraviolet spectrum. It flew on two Space Shuttle missions (in 1990 and 1995) as part of the Astro Observatory. I provided data reduction support from initial testing at the Kennedy Space Center through both Shuttle missions at the Marshall Space Flight Center. During this time I supervised two people. I led the effort for planning and providing the sequences of commands for observing each astronomical target; was responsible for processing, reducing and analyzing WUPPE Astro-1 and Astro-2 data; and assisted in the calibration of WUPPE. After the data were processed and verified, I worked with the national Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes in providing the astronomical community with WUPPE data, including detailed documentation.

Wide-Field Imaging Survey Polarimeter (WISP)(1993-1999)
WISP was a sounding rocket payload built to obtain wide-field polarimetric images in the ultraviolet. I wrote some software and assisted in processing the data.

Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph(GHRS)(1991-1993)
GHRS made finely detailed spectroscopic observations of ultraviolet sources. I provided initial GHRS data processing using pre-existing software.

HST High Speed Photometer(HSP)(1983-1984)
I reduced and analyzed test data for HSP, one of the original five instruments on the Hubble Space Telescope.

International Ultraviolet Explorer (IUE)(1978-1991)
Launched in January 1978, IUE took ultraviolet spectra of thousands of objects. I obtained, processed, analyzed and archived many IUE spectra using computer programs I developed. I worked with several graduate students in their thesis work.

Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (OAO-2)(1971-1982)
The first astronomical observatory in space, OAO-2 obtained ultraviolet spectra and photometry of planets, comets, stars, globular clusters and galaxies for the first time. I ran pre-existing programs on the large OAO-2 dataset; reduced OAO-2 spectrometer and photometer data; wrote analysis software; and published spectral atlases. I worked with several graduate students.

Computer Skills

I have knowledge of FORTRAN, IDL, latex, HTML, perl, UNIX, LINUX, and VAX/VMS operating systems and have used several data reduction packages including REDUCE, IRAF and OPUS. I developed and maintain the WUPPE, PBO, GLIMPSE and OAO-2 web sites.


Co-author on 107 publications in refereed journals. Publications

updated January 14, 2017