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David P. Stern

David P. Stern

Retired September 2001     (continuing as emeritus)
    Lab for Particles and Fields,
    Code 612.3, Goddard Space Flight Center
    Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
Home: 31 Lakeside Drive, Greenbelt, MD 20770
tel 301-474-4527

Born in Czechoslovakia, grew up in Israel; studied physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion) in Haifa, with doctoral thesis on an underground experiment on cosmic rays. In 1959 joined Fred Singer's space group at the University of Maryland, then in 1961 came to Goddard Space Flight Center.

Main interests are mapping and physics of the global magnetosphere, also science education and history of science (headed AGU Committee on the History of Geophysics 1981-88, Eos history editor 1999-2001). Likes to write, keeps extensive notes, also travelogues of trips in the US and abroad. More detailed curriculum vitae, here.

Some recent work:

Educational web sites

  • "The Exploration of the Earth's Magnetosphere" (1995)
  • "From Stargazers to Starships" (1998)
  • "The Great Magnet, the Earth" (2000)
    (All links are to home pages. Spanish and French translations exist for most files, "The Great Magnet" has a German version, "Stargazers" is being translated into Italian, and other translations have been started.)
      A central linking page "Science Overviews" is at".

    Some Fairly Recent Work

    • "A Historical Introduction to the Ring Current", p. 1-8 "The Inner Magnetosphere: Physics and Modeling," Geophysical Monograph #155, Amer. Geophys. Union, Washington, D.C., 2005
    • "A Millennium of Geomagnetism" Rev. Geophys., 40(3), p.1-1 to 1-30, Sept 2002
    • "Systematic Identification of Preferred Orbits for Magnetospheric Missions: 2. The "Profile" Mission" J. Astronautical Sciences, 50, 149-171, 2002
    • "Yuri Ilich Galperin" (obituary) Physics Today, p. 66-68. August 2002
    • "Systematic Identification of Preferred Orbits for Magnetospheric Missions: 1. Single Satellites" J. Astronautical Sciences, 49, 559-583, 2001
    • "Remembering Robert Goddard's Vision 100 years Later, " Eos 21 Sept. 1999, p. 441.
    • "Using Space to Teach Physics" by D.P. Stern, The Physics Teacher, 37, 102-103 (February 1999).
    • "Planning the "Profile" Multiprobe Mission", p. 136-141 ; Science Tasks for "Profile", p. 66-71, in Science Closure and Enabling Technologies for Constellation Class Missions, edited by V. Angelopoulos and P. V Panetta, U. Berkeley, 1999
    • "Space Physics for Poets," by D.P. Stern and M. Peredo, The Physics Teacher, 35,, 38-9, 1997
    • "Developing a Stategy for Magnetospheric Research", Eos, 4.23.1996.
    • "A Brief History of Magnetospheric Physics during the Space Age", Rev. Geophysics, 34, 1-31, 1996. (Part 1 "...before the spaceflight era", Rev. Geophysics, 27, 104-114, 1989.)
    • "The Art of Mapping the Magnetosphere", JGR 99, 17,169-98, '94 (solutions to the problems mailed upon request).
    • "A Simple Model of Birkeland Currents", JGR 98, 5691-5706, '93 (a solution for Region 2 currents).
    • Four GSFC workshops on "Physics and Modeling of the Global Magnetosphere", most recent held 5/31-6/3, 1994.

    Less recent:

    • "Math Squared", a math-enrichment book for middle school students, published 1980 by Teachers' College Press of Columbia University.

    More dubious:

    • License plate PHY6.
    • Poems in Eos (63, 588, ;82; 70, 130,'89). Also here.
    • "All I Really Need to Know...", Physics Today, May 1993, p. 63.

  • Last updated 29 April 2005