David P. Stern

David P. Stern

Retired September 2001     (continuing as emeritus)
31 Lakeside driveTD>
Greenbelt, MD 20770
tel 301-474-4527
david("at" symbol)phy6.org    

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 abroad.

Some recent accomplishments:

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 translations exist, "The Great Magnet" also has ones in French and German, and other translations are under way.)

    Some Fairly Recent Work

    • "A Millennium of Geomagnetism" submitted to Rev. Geophys., 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)
    • "All I Really Need to Know...", Physics Today, May 1993, p. 63.

  • Last updated 4 July 2002