Richard Berendzen

Title: Astronomer, Educator, Author

Company: American University, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States

Richard Berendzen, Ph.D., Astronomer, Educator and Author at American University and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in astronomy, writing and higher education.

Dr. Berendzen is a prominent astronomer, educator and author who most recently served as a professor at American University in Washington, DC, from 1990 to 2006, when he ultimately reached emeritus status. Prior to this appointment, he served the university in multiple capacities, including as president, university provost, professor of physics, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences between 1974 and 1990. Previously, he served Boston University as an associate professor of astronomy and acting department chairman, as well as Harvard University as a lecturer and staff member of Project Physics. He commenced his career as a staff scientist for the Geophysics Corporation of America in 1959.

Throughout his career, Dr. Berendzen has been a commentator on education and astronomy for WUSA-TV/WTOP and NBC-TV and a consultant for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He has frequently appeared on radio and television and has conducted research on the history of astronomy, science and society. In addition, he has contributed myriad articles to professional journals and authored six books, most recently including “Pulp Physics: Humankind in Space & Time Audio Series” in 2000. He was also the founding editor of the Journal of College Science Teaching.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to science and education, Dr. Berendzen won the Teacher of the Year Award from American University in 2006, the Glenn T. Seaborg Award from the International Platform Association in 1997, the Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge Award in 1982, and the Mortar Board Faculty Award in 1977. He was also named a Top Young Educator by Change: Magazine of Learning in 1978. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Dr. Berendzen has also accrued numerous honorary doctorates from West Virginia Wesleyan University, Bridgewater College, Kean College, Seton Hall University, the University of Colombo, the University of Charleston and the University of Baltimore.

Happily married to Gail Anita Edgar since 1964, Dr. Berendzen is the proud father of two children and two grandchildren. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard University. He has also been listed in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Entertainment, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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