Robert R. Brownlee has degrees from Sterling College, the University of Kansas, and Indiana University. His majors were principally in Astronomy and Astrophysics. He spent his career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, retiring in l992 to Loveland, Colorado. He was a navigator of B-29's during WWII, and was on the island of Tinian in the Marianas at the end of the war. His honors and awards include being a National Foundation Fellow, a University Fellow, and having an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from Sterling College. There is now in space an asteroid that has the name “Asteroid 15970 Robertbrownlee” This happened in March, 2015. He was given the Distinguished Associate Award of the Department of Energy in 1993. At Los Alamos, he was an Alternate Division Leader of the Nuclear Test Division, and the Division Leader of the Geosciences Division. He had many duties associated with the Joint Task Forces responsible for nuclear atmospheric testing in the Pacific, and was the Scientific Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force Eight at the time of its inactivation in 1972. He has been a principal participant for more than 300 underground nuclear tests. He was also a member of the US Delegation to the United Nations for the Geothermal Energy Program. One year he was a visiting Assistant Professor of Astronomy at UCLA. He participated in solar eclipse expeditions to Mexico, Canada, South America and Africa. He was a participant and sometimes the test director of research rocket launches in Kauai and Poker Flat, Alaska. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, the International Astronomical Union, and the Royal Astronomical Society. He has been listed in American Men of Science, Dictionary of International Biography, Leaders in American Science, and in MARQUIS, Who's Who in the West.
He is currently a consultant to the Department Of Energy.
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