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Dr Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan

Dr Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan

Black background with woman with spectacles and short bobbed fair hair wearing a black polo neck jumper  Dr Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan has a B.Sc. in Geology from University of California and a PhD in Geology and Oceanography from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia. Upon receiving her doctorate, she joined NASA as one of the agency’s first female astronauts. Following her years at NASA, she led a science museum, served as a Navy Oceanographer and was appointed Undersecretary for Oceans and Atmosphere and administrator of NOAA in the Obama administration.

Dr Sullivan is the only person to have flown missions into space and to have dived to the deepest part of the oceans, the Mariana Trench. She is the first American woman to walk in space, a veteran of three shuttle missions and a 2004 inductee to the Astronaut Hall of Fame. From 2011 to 2017, she was the United States Co-chair of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), an intergovernmental body that is building a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to provide environmental intelligence relevant to societal needs.

In 2014, Dr Sullivan was honoured in the Time Magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2017 she was named the 2017 Charles A. Lindbergh Chair of Aerospace History, during which time she focussed her work on the Hubble Space Telescope, resulting in the publication of her latest book, “Handprints on Hubble,” which received widespread publicity. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and National Academy of Public Administration, and an Honorary Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Dr Sullivan is a member of the President’s Council of the Resources for the Future whose aim is to improve ‘environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement’. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Potomac Institute, a science and technology policy research institute in Arlington, Virginia.