Dr. Stephen J. Paddack has contributed numerous scholarly articles in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Geophysical Research and the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters.
WASHINGTON, DC, September 29, 2020 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Stephen J. Paddack, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Paddack celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Paddack, a successful and known aeronautical and aerospace engineer and educator, retired in 2011 after more than five decades in his field. While active in his field, he taught courses in astrodynamics, spacecraft design, rocketry and aerospace at the U.S. Naval Academy as a visiting professor and professor from 1995 to 2006 and served as the space chairperson in the aerospace engineering department. Dr. Paddack was also a tenured employee of NASA in the Goddard Space Flight Center as an aerospace engineer and the chief of the advanced missions' analysis office between 1961 and 1995. Additionally, he worked for the Boeing Company as an aeronautical engineer from 1959 until 1961.
In retirement, Dr. Paddack occasionally lectures on space science and volunteers at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum as a docent since 2003. He also volunteers at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Likewise, as a seasoned scientist, Dr. Paddack has contributed numerous scholarly articles in such peer-reviewed publications as the Journal of Geophysical Research and the Journal of Geophysical Research Letters.
Among Dr. Paddack's many achievements, he has drawn the most recognition for the scientific effect called YORP, where thermal inertia and optical forces can influence an asteroid's movement. An acronym for Yarkovsky, O'Keefe, Radzievskii and Paddack, the concept was notably expounded upon in an article in the New York Times in March 2007, has been cited in numerous scientific publications and journals, and has been a topic at several scientific colloquiums. Drawing even further attention, an asteroid has since been named YORP, with another asteroid named Paddack in honor of Dr. Paddack's contributions.
Dr. Paddack served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1953 to 1955. He later pursued an education at the Catholic University of America, attaining a Bachelor and Master of Science in aeronautical engineering in 1959 and 1964, respectively, and a Doctor of Philosophy in 1973. He also completed postgraduate coursework at the University of Washington, Seattle University, the University of California at Los Angeles, the Catholic University of America and Georgetown University between 1959 and 1965. A respected member of several industry-related organizations, Dr. Paddack has been aligned with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics where he notably served on the space systems technical committee. He also was an active member with the American Geophysical Union.
Dr. Paddack received a Distinguished Service Award and an Award for Outstanding Achievement in Science from Catholic University of America. He was also recognized with a NASA Award of Merit and a NASA Exceptional Service Medal. A celebrated Marquis listee, Dr. Paddack has been cited in the 24th edition of Who's Who in the East.
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