David Dering Meisel

David Meisel

Title: Professor Emeritus

Location: Geneseo, New York, United States

David Meisel, Professor Emeritus, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in astronomy and education.

Dr. Meisel got into his profession after watching Mercury pass the sun in 1952 as a 12-year-old boy. This life-changing event inspired him to pursue astronomy. Dr. Meisel felt the field suited him because it was a revolutionary, frontier subject when he was growing up and he always enjoyed veering off the beaten path. He feels the success he has had in his career has been marked by having a supportive family – especially his parents – and his continued interest in the ever-changing field. Since 2005, he has been a professor emeritus of the State University of New York at Geneseo. Prior to retiring at the institution, he served as a distinguished professor from 2001 to 2005. He started teaching at the university in 1970, starting as an assistant professor and then becoming an associate professor in 1976 and a full professor in 1983. Prior to joining SUNY Geneseo, he taught as an assistant professor at the University of Virginia from 1968 to 1970.

Dr. Meisel started his own academic pursuits at West Virginia University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in physics in 1961. He continued at Ohio State University, receiving a Master of Science and PhD in astronomy in 1963 and 1967, respectively. In addition to his career as an educator, Dr. Meisel served as the Associate Director of the C.E.K. Mees Observatory at the University of Rochester from1988 to 1997. In addition, he was a senior associate of the Goddard Space Flight Center with NASA between 1978 and 1978. In 2013, the book Dr. Meisel co-authored, Astrophysics Through Computation: With Mathematical Support was published. He has also served as the Executive Director of the American Meteor Society since 1972. Furthermore, Dr. Meisel is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Astronomical Society. He has maintained affiliation with the American Astronomical Society, the International Astronomical Union and the Meteoritical Society.

A highlight of Dr. Meisel’s career is working on his most recent project which involves turbulence of up to 90 kilometers in the sky. He received the grant to this project through the NASA/NY State Space Grant Consortium. Another highlight of Dr. Meisel’s was mentoring two Swedish PhD students, Johan Kero and Csilla Szaze. Dr. Meisel and his wife traveled to Sweden to watch them get their doctorates. Furthermore, his achievements include the study of helium 10830 in early-type stars, interstellar micrometeors and radio-meteor forward scattering, and atmospheric muon tomography using many national and international facilities including Greenbank, WV, Kitt Peak, AZ, Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and Kiruna, Sweden.

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