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educator , aerospace scientist

John Charles Zarnecki, British aerospace scientist, educator. Achievements include Co-investigator for Dust Impact Detection System, one of 10 scientific instruments on the European Space Agency Space Probe, which successfully flew through Haley's Comet in 1986; Principal investigator for Suface Science Package, one of 6 scientific instruments flying on the Cassini/Huygens Space mission currently en route to Saturn.

Background

Zarnecki, John Charles was born on November 6, 1949 in London, England. Son of Jerzy Zarnecki and Anne Leslie Frith.

Education

Bachelor, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England, 1971. Master of Arts, 1975. Doctor of Philosophy, London University, London, England, 1977.

Career

Research student Mullard Space Science Laboratory University College, London, 1971—1974, research assistant, 1974—1979. Senior systems engineer British Aerospace Dynamics Group, Bristol, 1979—1981. Project manager to lecturer to senior lecturer to reader Physics Laboratory University Kent, Canterbury, 1981—2000.

Reader in Space Sciences Planetary & Space Sciences Research Institute The Open University, Miton Keynes, 2000—2003, professor Space Science, since 2003. United Kingdom member European Space Agency's Solar System Working Group, 1995—1998, European Science Foundation's European Space Science Committee, 1997—2002.

Achievements

  • Achievements include Co-investigator for Dust Impact Detection System, one of 10 scientific instruments on the European Space Agency Space Probe, which successfully flew through Haley's Comet in 1986. Principal investigator for Suface Science Package, one of 6 scientific instruments flying on the Cassini/Huygens Space mission currently en route to Saturn.

Membership

Member of Institute Physics, Royal Astronomical Society.

Connections

Married Gillian Elizabeth Fairbanks, July 2, 1976 (divorced July 8, 1993). Children: Holly Claire, Thomas Guy.

father:
Jerzy Zarnecki

mother:
Anne Leslie Frith

spouse:
Gillian Elizabeth Fairbanks

child:
Thomas Guy Zarnecki

child:
Holly Claire Zarnecki