Title: Support Scientist
Company: Kitt Peak National Observatory
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Richard Ross Joyce, PhD, Support Scientist at Kitt Peak National Observatory, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in astronomy.
Dr. Joyce grew up in the rural area of Wilmington, DE, and developed an early interest in astronomy. He attended Williams College in his youth and obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1965. Soon thereafter, he attended the University of California, Berkeley, and received a Doctor of Philosophy in 1970. While studying toward his doctorate degree, he served as a research assistant at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory from 1966 to 1970. He was subsequently offered a postdoctoral position in astronomy upon graduating, and he relocated to New York to serve Stony Brook University as a research associate for the following three years. In 1973, he was hired by the Kitt Peak National Observatory as an associate engineering physicist, holding the role for one year before ascending the ranks to support scientist, a position he currently holds today.
Considering himself part engineer, part astronomer, Dr. Joyce always held an interest in engineering and retained knowledge about infrared detectors. To remain abreast of developments in the field, he maintains affiliation with the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. As a testament to his success in the field, he was selected for inclusion in the first edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering in 1992. However, he cites the highlight of his career to be when he accidentally observed clouds in Neptune’s atmosphere in 1975, ten years before NASA made their initial discovery. In addition, he is proud of his involvement in the development of instruments that have been used by researchers at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
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