John G. Kirk

Title: Retired Astronomer and Educator, Consultant
Location: Santa Barbara, California, United States

John G. Kirk, Retired Astronomer and Educator and Consultant, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in astronomy.

During Dr. Kirk’s time as an undergraduate at Amherst College, he initially planned on majoring in physics. However, he changed his mind after taking a course in astronomy during his junior year. He immediately knew he wanted to pursue a career in the field. From there, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1960, going on to attend the University of Michigan, where he acquired a Master’s degree in 1962. Dr. Kirk remained at the aforementioned university until 1966, achieving a Doctor of Philosophy to conclude his academic endeavors.

Throughout Dr. Kirk’s illustrious career, he upheld numerous distinguished positions. In his first few years of working, he excelled as an assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Toledo, going on to become a systems analyst for General Dynamics Corporation in 1979. Later, in 1995, Dr. Kirk became a member of the professional staff at Ilgen Simulation Techs. Inc. in Goleta, California, which was followed by work at Northrup Grumman Corporation and Houghton Associates. Today, Dr. Kirk excels as a consultant in his field.

As a testament to Dr. Kirk’s success, in 1981, he earned the NASA Technical Innovation Award. As an active member of his field, he maintains affiliation with multiple professional organizations. These include the American Astronomical Society, the American Geophysical Union and the Institute of Navigation. Looking toward the future, Dr. Kirk wants to accomplish even more of his goals. He simply needs to find the time to do so. In light of his accomplishments, he is featured in the 21st edition of Who’s Who in the West.

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