Observatory, 4995 Santa Margarita Lake Road, Santa Margarita, California 93453
Phone (805) 438-3305, Fax (805) 438-3355, Email
Scholar in Residence, California Polytechnic State University
Adjunct Professor of Astronomy, Cuesta College
Director, Orion Observatory
MOST RECENT BOOKS
Humanity: The Chimpanzees Who Would Be Ants
The Evolution of Religion: Studies, Theories, and Critiques
BOOK STILL IN PRINT
Photoelectric Photometry of Variable Stars
Solar System Photometry
CURRENT PROJECTS AND COURSES
California State Polytechnic University
Alt-Az Telescope Development
Cuesta College Credit
Courses Astronomy Research Seminar,
Astronomy 10 Lecture, Astronomy 10 Lab
Undergraduate astronomical research development
Conference STAR Conference - California (June 20-22, 2008)
Conference Galileo's Legacy - Hawaii (Dec 31-Jan 6, 2009)
Evolutionary Epic Conference -
Hawaii (Jan 3-8, 2008)
High precision CCD photometry of eclipsing binary stars.
2004-2007 - ASTRONOMY / COSMIC EVOLUTION
Eclipsing binary star photometry.
Alt-Az telescope development. Undergraduate research in astronomy. Conferences
1994-2003 Cosmic Evolution
Synthesis of physical, biological, and cultural evolution.
The Chimpanzees Who Would Be Ants: The Evolutionary Epic of Humanity
Evolutionary Views of Humanity, The Epic of Evolution (with Brian
Swimme), and Cosmic Evolution and Big History (with David Christian).
Astronomy Founded the Fairborn Observatory (1979). Developed
automatic telescopes and established the first fully robotic observatory on Mt.
Hopkins, Arizona (with Louis Boyd).
Photoelectric Photometry of Variable Stars (1982), Real-Time
Control With theTRS-80
(1982), Microcomputer Control of Telescopes (1985), Supernovae
1987A (1987), Robotic Observatories (1989), and Telescope
Control Handbook (1997).
in Astronomical Journal, Publications of the Astronomical Society of the
Eight conferences on variable star photometry and automatic telescopes.
in the PBS documentary The Perfect Stargazer (which featured the
Fairborn Observatory’s robotic telescopes), Crawford’s Technology Week,
Systems Analysis Developed computer simulation models of rocket and
aircraft, including the first computerized life cycle costs models. Applied
medical diagnostic mathematical analysis techniques to equipment fault
detection. Developed aircraft flight training simulators.
in the Defense Management Journal,
Journal of the Society of Logistics Engineers, etc.
Rocket Design Designed guidance systems for rockets and developed
gyroscope and accelerometer tests. Designed a reentry plasma experiment for a
Gemini space capsule.
Astronomy and Physics at Cuesta College
Astronomy short courses at California Polytechnic State University’s Osher
Astronomy, Mathematics, History, and Sociology at
Central Arizona College.
Individualized aircraft flight training (basic,
and Electronics, Muskingum Technical Institute.
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, American Association for the
Advancement of Science, Astronomical Society of the Pacific (past
President), American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union,
American Association of Variable Star Observers, Central Coast Astronomical
Society (Vice President) and the Institute for the
Study of Complex Systems (Fellow).
BS Electrical Engineering, MS Logistics Management, PhD Astronomy.