Richard Drachman, PhD

Richard Drachman

Title: Physicist Emeritus
Company: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States

Richard Drachman, PhD, Physicist Emeritus of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics.

With more than 60 years of professional experience, Dr. Drachman has been recognized as a physicist emeritus of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, having served as a physicist with the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center since 1963. Prior to obtaining this role, he was an assistant professor at Brandeis University from 1959 to 1963. Earlier in his career, he joined as a physicist with the United States Naval Research Laboratory from 1956 to 1963. Much of the later research in his career concerned antimatter, although an earlier exciting phase involved attending a high altitude nuclear test, launched from an aircraft carrier in the Pacific.

Dr. Drachman first pursued his higher education with Columbia University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in 1951. He continued his studies with the school, completing a Master of Arts in 1954, and he later earned a PhD in 1958. In addition to being a fellow with the American Physical Society, he is a member of the Topical Group on Few-Body Systems. He attributes much of his success to his mentor, Nobel Prize-winning scientist T.D. Lee, under whom he studied. He also credits his family, including a long line of ancestors who also count Columbia University as their alma mater.

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