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NAME: F. Curtis Michel, Ph.D.
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born June 5, 1934, in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. His mother, Mrs. Viola Bloom, resides in Sacramento, California.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Brown hair; brown eyes; height: 5 feet 11 inches; weight: 165 pounds.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from C. K. McClatchey High School, Sacramento, California; received a bachelor of science degree with honors in Physics in 1955 and a doctorate in physics in 1962, both from the California Institute of Technology.

MARITAL STATUS:
Married to the former Beverly Muriel Kaminsky of Sacramento, California.

CHILDREN:
Jeffrey B., August 19, 1963; Alice E., July 30, 1966.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS:
His hobbies are photography, tennis, handball, and baseball.

ORGANIZATIONS:
Member of the American Physical Society, the American Geophysical Union, and the American Astronomical Society.

SPECIAL HONORS:
He was named a Guggenheim Fellow to the University of Paris, France, 1979-1980, and has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award to study in Heidelberg, 1982-1983.

EXPERIENCE:
Michel was a junior engineer with the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company's Guided Missile Division before joining the Air Force in 1955. As an AFROTC graduate, he received flight training at Marana Air Force Base, Arizona, and at Laredo and Perrin Air Force Bases in Texas. During his three years of military service, he flew F-86D interceptors in the United States and in Europe. Following his tour of active duty in the Air Force, he was a research fellow at the California Institute of Technology, doing experimental and theoretical work in nuclear physics. He came to Houston in July 1963 and became a member of the faculty at Rice University. His efforts there were directed to researching and teaching space sciences, such as the interaction of solar winds and the lunar atmosphere. He has accumulated 1,000 hours flying time, including 900 hours in jet aircraft.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Dr. Michel was selected in June 1965 as a sientist-astronaut by NASA

He resigned in September 1969 to return to teaching and research, and was department chairman of the Space Physics and Astronomy Department at the Rice University in Houston, Texas, 1974-1979. He has been the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics since 1974. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow to the University of Paris, France, 1979-1980, and has been awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Senior U.S. Scientist Award to study in Heidelberg, 1982-1983.

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