Title: Professor Emeritus in Physics and Astronomy
Company: University of Houston-Clear Lake
Location: League City, Texas, United States
George Blanford, Professor Emeritus in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of science education.
Passionate about science and mathematics, Dr. Blanford has dedicated his career to teaching. He has been affiliated with the University of Houston-Clear Lake since 1975 and has been a professor emeritus in physics and astronomy with the institution since 2002. Prior to this responsibility, Dr. Blanford served as a professor for the university, has done work for the Lunar Science Institute in Houston, the NASA Johnson Space Center, the Universite de Clermont in France and has been a deacon for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Dr. Blanford prepared for his exciting career by matriculating at several institutions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the Catholic University of America, a Master of Science from the University of Louisville, a Doctor of Philosophy from Washington University and a Master of Science in applied science from the University of St. Thomas. Dr. Blanford decided to pursue scientific studies in high school due to the influence of his inspiring teacher, Nivard Scheel, who worked directly with a young Dr. Blanford on school projects and motivated him to pursue physics.
Accomplishing a great deal throughout the course of his career, Dr. Blanford considers a career highlight to be the ability to measure the energy profile of cosmic rays in a moon rock. This has proved immensely helpful as measuring the energy profile allows physicists to use radiation as an indication of how long objects have been on the moon. In recognition of this work and other accomplishments, Dr. Blanford has been lauded with the Special Recognition Award from NASA in 1979.
A renowned educator and physicist, Dr. Blanford has been inducted to numerous organizations such as the American Physical Society, the American Astronomical Society and the American Geophysical Union. He has shared his extensive knowledge with others via articles he has contributed to professional journals. In his spare time he enjoys bicycling, scuba diving, photography, gardening and music and enjoys membership with the American League of Bicyclists and the Lute Society of America. A testament to his notoriety, Dr. Blanford has been lauded with The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America.
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