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Martin Elvis

Senior Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Institution

Dr. Martin Elvis is an astrophysicist at the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard and Smithsonian. He has published nearly 500 papers on supermassive black holes that have been cited over 38,000 times. He publishes widely on asteroid and lunar resources and the space economy. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Member of the Aspen Center for Physics, and is past-Chair of the Hubble Space Telescope Users’ Committee and of the High Energy Division of the American Astronomical Society. Asteroid 9283 Martinelvis is named after him. His book "Asteroids: How love, fear, and greed will determine our future in space" was published by Yale University Press in 2021.


  • –present
    Senior Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Institution


  • 1978 
    Leicester University, UK, PhD/Astrophysics

Professional Memberships

  • American Astronomical Society
  • Royal Astronomical Society
  • International Astronomical Union
  • Sigma Xi