NASA Program Director for the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Gregory Robinson, has been named one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2022.
Robinson, who leads the JWST mission, joined NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in 2018 and is now recognized alongside other honorees, such as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Oprah Winfrey.
“Greg has shown outstanding leadership on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope through the challenges and incredible successes of this historic mission,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “Congratulations, Greg, and thank you for your incredible service on behalf of NASA and all of humanity.”
NASA astrophysicist and Nobel laureate John Mather submitted Robinson’s inclusion on the list, congratulating him on his accomplishments.
“Our teams gravitate around Greg because we trust him to ask questions, understand our concerns and respect our opinions,” he wrote. “He makes it look easy, but I can barely imagine how he does it, and I admire him tremendously for that.”
Congratulations to our Program Director Gregory Robinson on his appointment to the #TIME100! More: https://t.co/AVSUIkgcEs
“Our teams gravitate around Greg because we trust him to ask questions and understand our concerns.” -Project Webb Principal Scientist and Nobel Laureate John Mather pic.twitter.com/4OaQjzMGMi
— NASA Webb Telescope (@NASAWebb) May 23, 2022
Robinson joined NASA in 1989, serving in several leadership positions over the course of his career, including many spaceflight and space shuttle missions. Robinson, a graduate of Virginia Union and Howard University, has accumulated more than 30 years of engineering, program and project management, and senior executive leadership during his tenure at the agency.
“I am thrilled and honored to be recognized as part of the TIME100,” Robinson said in a statement. “I certainly want to thank an incredible team of NASA engineers, scientists and technicians; our base of entrepreneurs and universities; and partners around the world, who have shown incredible resilience in the Webb mission through design, development, testing, launch and now going live.
“We witnessed an extraordinary moment when Webb was launched on Christmas Day, a gift to the world. As we near the end of the commissioning process for the science instrument and observatory, we have innovated and overcame many challenges to deliver breathtaking views of our primeval universe this summer and for many years to come.