Peter Beiersdorfer received his B. S. and M. S. degrees in physics from Auburn University, and his M. A. and Ph. D. degrees in Plasma Physics from Princeton University. At Princeton he was a Westinghouse Fellow and Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellow and received a Charlotte Elizabeth Proctor Honorific Fellowship. For his thesis on "High-Resolution Studies of the X-Ray Transitions in Highly Charged Neonlike Ions on the PLT Tokamak" he received the Doctoral Thesis Prize of the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation. He joined the High Temperature Physics Division at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in 1988 and currently is the group leader of the Radiative Properties Group and project leader of the electron beam ion trap experiment. He is the author or co-author of over 350 scientific publications. He is a visiting scientist at various institutions nationally and internationally and has supervised ten Ph. D. students working on the electron beam ion trap facility at Livermore. He holds a research scientist position at the Space Science Laboratory of the University of California Berkeley. He is an Affiliate Professor at Auburn University, Auburn, AL, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He became a Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2001.