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Gary Earl Tomlinson

Gary Earl Tomlinson, museum curator. Certified secondary physics and mathematics teacher, Michigan. Recipient Edmund Science award, New Jersey, 1980, Spectrum award Public Relations Society of America, 1986, 93, G.R. Wright Service award Astronomical League, National Service award Western Amateur Astronomers, 1992; Hoosier scholar Governor Indiana, 1969.


  • Tomlinson, Gary Earl was born on June 13, 1951 in Yorktown, Indiana, United States. Son of Arthur Earl and J. Irene (Hickman) Tomlinson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Ball State University, 1973. Master of Arts, Michigan State University, 1974.


    • Associate curator Public Museum Grand Rapids, Michigan, since 1976. Support Program for Institutional Competency in Astronomy agent Harvard/Smithsonian Center Astrophysics, since 1990. Coordinator astromony day Astronomical League, Washington, since 1983.

      Advisory board Regional Mathematics and Science Center, Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan. Member planning team West Michigan Interactive Science Center.

    Major achievements

    • Certified secondary physics and mathematics teacher, Michigan.


    • Author and editor: Astronomy Day Handbook, 1988, second edition, 1989. Editor: Anthology of Astronomical Poetry, 1984, Planetarium Bibliography, 1992
    • also articles.


    Crew chief Monogalia County Emergency Medical Services, Morgantown, West Virginia, 1975-1976. Advisor Gran Rapids Public School's Spectrum, 1978-1980. Member American Astronomical Society, Great Lakes Planetarium Association (board directors since 1984, president 1986-1987, fellow 1986), International Planetarium Society (representative 1990-1992), Sigma Pi Sigma, Sigma Zeta.


    • Married Suzanne Marie Naessens, December 28, 1974. 1 child, James Ronald Earl.
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    Born June 13, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1973
      Ball State University
    • 1974
      Michigan State University
    • 1976
      Associate, curator Public Museum Grand Rapids
      Michigan, United States
    • 1990
      Support Program for Instnl. Competency in Astronomy agent Harvard/Smithsonian Center Astrophysics