VITAE OF PETER O. VANDERVOORT
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
The University of Chicago
Date and Place of Birth
April 25, 1935 at Detroit, Michigan
(a) Married Frances Sheridan, September 23, 1956
William Frederick Vandervoort, born June 14, 1957
Dirk Sheridan Vandervoort, born February 25, 1960
Attended the University of Chicago, September 1951 through March 1960
BA (The College) 1954
BS (Physics) 1955
MS (Physics) 1956
PhD (Physics) 1960
Positions held before receiving the PhD degree
(a) Summer Research Assistant, Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos NM, Summer 1956.
(b) Research Assistant in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, 1956-1960.
(c) Teaching Assistant in College Natural Sciences, The University of Chicago, 1957-1958.
Positions held after receiving the PhD degree
(a) Visiting Research Associate, National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Green Bank, WV, April-September 1960.
(b) National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University Observatory, Princeton, NJ, 1960-1961.
(c) Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, 1961-1965.
(d) Associate Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, 1965-1980.
(e) National Science Foundation Senior Postdoctoral Fellow, Sterrewacht (The Observatory), Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands, 1967-68.
(f) Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College, The University of Chicago, 1980-2003.
(g) Associate Chairman, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, The University of Chicago, 1984-1987.
(h) Master of the Physical Sciences Collegiate Division and Associate Dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences and of the College, The University of Chicago, 1991-1997.
(i) Acting Dean, Division of the Physical Sciences, The University of Chicago, June-October 1995.
(j) Professor Emeritus, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College, The University of Chicago, 2003-
Other Professional Activities
(a) Examiner for the North Central Association for the preliminary accreditation of the PhD program in Astronomy at the New Mexico State University, 1968-1969.
(b) Member of “Committee Y” appointed by the Board of Higher Education of the State of Illinois to assess graduate and professional education in the physical sciences for the development of the Board’s master plan for higher education in Illinois, 1969-1971.
(c) Member of the Research Associateship Evaluation Panel, Office of Scientific Personnel, National Research Council, 1971.
(d) Member of the evaluation panel for National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships (Physics and Astronomy), Office of Scientific Personnel, National Research Council, 1971-1975 (Panel Chairman, 1973, 1974 & 1975).
(e) Trustee (ex officio from the University of Chicago), Adler Planetarium, 1974-2004; Life Trustee 2004-.
(f) Member, Local Organizing Committee, 147th Meeting of the American Astronomical Society at the Adler Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois, December 7-10, 1975.
(g) Member, Review Committee for the Astronomy Program of the University of Maryland, 1977.
(h) Division on Dynamical Astronomy, American Astronomical Society. Member of the Executive Committee, 1976-1979 & 1986-1989; Vice-Chairman, 1979-1980; Chairman, 1980-1981.
(i) Member, Working Group on Galactic Astronomy, NRC Astronomy Survey Committee, 1979.
(j) Associate Editor, Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy, 1989-1994.
(k) Member, Celestial Mechanics Institute, 1997-2008.
Membership in Professional Societies
(a) American Astronomical Society
(b) International Astronomical Union (Commission 33)
(c) American Physical Society
(d) Royal Astronomical Society
(e) Sigma Xi
(f) American Association for the Advancement of Science
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