Jonathan McDowell is an astrophysicist with the Science Data Systems Planning Group, in the Chandra X-Ray Center. He also writes a monthly column for Sky and Telescope Magazine and a weekly email-distributed newsletter, Jonathan's Space Report .
McDowell's first astronomy job came when he left high school and worked for six months at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. After a math degree at Churchill College, Cambridge and a summer job at Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, McDowell began a Ph.D. at the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge. He came to CFA in 1988 as a postdoc, moved to Huntsville, Alabama in 1991 but came back to Cambridge in 1992.