Kirk Borne

Kirk Borne is a data scientist, astrophysicist and global tech influencer


Kirk Borne is a data scientist and an astrophysicist currently working at the global technology and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton since 2015. Kirk spent nearly 20 years supporting NASA projects, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as data archive project scientist, NASA’s Astronomy Data Center, and NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office.

With more than 30 years of experience, he is also a recognized worldwide top influencer since 2013. In parallel to his main responsibilities, Kirk is also a global speaker, consultant, Big Data & Data Science advisor, TedX speaker, researcher, author and data literacy advocate.


Kirk Borne graduated in Physics from LSU, and hold a Ph.D. in Astronomy from Caltech in 1981. After that, he spent nearly 20 years supporting NASA projects, including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope as Data Archive Project Scientist, NASA’s Astronomy Data Center, and NASA’s Space Science Data Operations Office.

In 2003, he became Professor of Astrophysics and Computational Science in the George Mason University (GMU) School of Physics, Astronomy, and Computational Sciences right until 2015. He served as undergraduate advisor for the GMU Data Science program and graduate advisor to students in the Computational Science and Informatics PhD program.

He has extensive experience in large scientific databases and information systems, including expertise in scientific data mining. He was a contributor to the design and development of the new Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), for which he contributed in the areas of science data management, informatics and statistical science research, galaxies research, and education and public outreach.

He is an elected Fellow of the International Astrostatistics Association for his lifelong contributions to big data research in astronomy. Since 2013, he has been listed consistently each year as a top worldwide influencer in Big Data and Data Science on social media.

Dirk updates regularly his own blog Rocket Data Science.


Kirk has been recognized and has been featured in the following lists:

2018-20: #1 Digital (Data Science, Big Data, AI) worldwide top influencer
2014-present: #1 or #2 or Top 10 influencer in many different categories and lists, including Big Data, Data Science, AI, Machine Learning, IoT, Data Mining, Digital Marketing, Tech Consulting, Data Security, Data Topics Blogging, and more.
2014: IBM Big Data & Analytics Hero
2014: Top 33 Most Noted Data Scientists on Twitter by Big Data – made simple
2014: #14 Top Big Data Executives and Experts to Follow on Twitter by CEO world.
2014: #27 in “Top 50 Big Data and Customer Experience – Top Influencers” by Onalytica.
2013: #1 Big Data.