Dr. David DeVorkin

Senior Curator

  • Space History Department

Dr. David DeVorkin is senior curator of history of astronomy and the space sciences. DeVorkin's major research interests are in the origins and development of modern astrophysics during the 20th Century and the origins and development of the space sciences from the V-2 rocket to the present.

He is the author/editor/compiler of nine books and more than 100 scholarly and popular articles: most recently, with Robert Smith and Elizabeth Kessler, The Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe (National Geographic Books 2004).

Earlier works include:

  • Beyond Earth: Mapping the Universe (National Geographic, 2002)
  • Henry Norris Russell: Dean of American Astronomers ( Princeton, 2000)
  • The American Astronomical Society's First Century (American Institute of Physics/Springer Verlag,1999)

Dr. Devorkin holds a PhD in the history of astronomy from the University of Leicester and a Master of philosophy in astronomy from Yale University.

He has curated the following major Museum exhibitions: Stars; V-2: The World's First Ballistic Missile System; and Explore the Universe.

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