Company: United States Naval Observatory
Location: Columbia, Maryland, United States
Sethanne Howard, PhD, Astronomer at the United States Naval Observatory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in astronomy.
Dr. Howard has been interested in astronomy from the age of 5 years old. When she was a child, she read the book “Little Golden Book on Stars,” igniting her intrigue with the field. When she got older, she pursued a formal education, receiving a Bachelor of Science from the University of California, Davis, in 1965, a Master of Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1972, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Georgia State University in 1989.
A former astronomer with the United States Naval Observatory from 2000 to 2004, Dr. Howard previously served as a computer programmer with several institutions, including BDM International, Inc., the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Department of Defense. She commenced her career as a consultant for Lick Observatory and a researcher for Kitt Peak National Observatory. Among her other notable achievements, she is proud of her research in rotational periods of planets, image processing of Halley’s Comet, and N-body simulations of galaxies for specific matches.
A leading voice in her industry, Dr. Howard has maintained affiliation with the American Astronomical Society, for which she served as secretary of the dynamical division and a Shapley Lecturer. She previously held a Shapley Lectureship with the organization, as well as a fellowship with the Washington Academy of Sciences. In recognition of her exceptional accomplishments, Dr. Howard was honored with the Laboratory Award for Education Outreach. She was also selected for inclusion into the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.
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