Steve B. Howell, PhD

Steve Howell

Title: Head of Space Sciences
Company: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Location: Moffett Field, California, United States

Steve B. Howell, PhD, Head of Space Sciences at National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Astrophysics.

Currently the head of space science and astrobiology at NASA, Dr. Howell is renowned for his development of digital imaging techniques enabling high-precision photometric measurements of faint astronomical sources, as well as being one of the project scientists for the Kepler exoplanet discovery mission. He also discovered a new class of faint interacting binaries termed TOADs. As a celebrated scientist, Dr. Howell has written more than 900 scientific publications and eight books, including numerous popular and technical articles in one of the most exciting fields of scientific study.

An alumnus of the Community College of Allegheny County, Dr. Howell earned an AS in physics in 1976, followed with a BS in astrophysics from Mount Union College in 1978. He earned a MS in astronomy from Pennsylvania State University in 1980, and was accepted to the University of Toledo to completed a MS in physics in 1982. He worked for the GM Physics Laboratory in Warren, MI, until 1983, and in 1995 he received a PhD in astrophysics from the University of Amsterdam. Dr. Howell believes he has been very lucky, though he also credits hard work and perseverance. He joined the Kitt Peak National Observatory in 1983, and first worked with NASA at the Goddard Space Center from 1986 to 1988.

In addition to scientific projects, Dr. Howell is also an educator, and has taught with the University of Wyoming and the University of California. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, and the International Astronomical Union. He is also an originator of several educational and entertaining presentations on the physics of food, including their use at the Harvard cooking School. Dr. Howell previous wrote two science fiction books related to expoplanet science, and is involved with science education in informal and formal mediums for adults and children. For more, please visit his website:

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