Title: Physicist and Research Meteorologist (Retired)
Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Richard Kahr Jeck, Jr., retired physicist and research meteorologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in meteorology.
As someone with a strong interest in science who was attending school during the space age, Dr. Jeck describes his professional journey as one where he was at the right place at the right time. In fact, the seemingly divine alignment of timing and passion made him feel that it was his life’s calling to become involved in the aerospace field. Dr. Jeck earned a Bachelor of Science in physics from Rockhurst College in 1960 and a PhD in physics from St. Louis University in 1968. Upon graduating, he took on a postdoctoral fellowship with the National Academy of Science and the National Research Council at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. While there, he quickly established a reputation of reliability, professionalism, integrity and passion. Next, he took on the role of physicist for the Smithsonian Radiation Biology Laboratory, as well as for the Naval Research Laboratory. After developing a well-rounded skillset in his field, Dr. Jeck became a visiting research professor followed by a research meteorologist for the FAA Technical Center in Atlantic City, NJ. He remained in this role for twenty years, during which time he was regarded as a thought leader and expert in his field. Dr. Jeck celebrates a career adorned with accomplishment in his retirement.
Dr. Jeck’s area of expertise includes cloud physics related to aircraft icing. In fact, his work in this specialty area began during his postdoctoral fellowship. He is noted for developing the modern theory and practice of analyzing cloud micro-physical measurements for aircraft icing purposes. His greatest achievement is his extensive portfolio of data that is often referenced and used by the aviation industry. The results from his work are regarded as practical, important and beneficial to the country and the larger needs of the world. Dr. Jeck holds two U.S. Patents in his field. The first is for a calibration device for optical particle size spectrometers while the second is for the automatic directional control for wind-following rotors. He has shared his expertise through multiple technical research reports and papers published in prominent industry journals.
An award-winning professional in his field, Dr. Jeck has been the recipient of a Who’s Who Lifetime Achievement Award as well as an Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award for his incredible impact on his field. Throughout his career he has remained involved in his professional community through his memberships with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the American Meteorological Society and the Society of Automotive Engineers. As he looks to the future, he plans to continue enjoying his retirement while pursuing passion projects.
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