France A. Córdova is an astrophysicist and the 14th director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), the only US government agency charged with advancing all fields of scientific discovery, technological innovation, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
Córdova is president emerita of Purdue University, chancellor emerita of the University of California, Riverside, former vice chancellor for research at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She served as NASA's chief scientist, as head of astronomy and astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University, and in Earth and space sciences at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She received her BA from Stanford University and her PhD in physics from the California Institute of Technology.
Date: 28 March 2018