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director , educator , film producer

Richard S. Knapp, planetarium director, film producer and director, educator. Recipient Gold medal International Film and television Festival of New York, 1985, Distinguished Merit award City of Jackson, Mississippi, 1985. Member International Planetarium Society (council 1976), Southeastern Planetarium Association (president 1975, Special Achievement award 1977), American Association Museum (accreditation committee), Gamma Theta Upsilon.


Knapp, Richard S. was born on September 16, 1942.


Bachelor in History and Geography, Stetson University, 1964. Master of Arts in Geography, University North Carolina, 1975.


Educational assistant Morehead Planetarium, 1965—1968, assistant director, 1968—1973, chairman, 1973—1977. Director Davis Planetarium, since 1977. Co-founder, director, vice president Cinema-360, Inc., 1981—1984, since 1986.

Film director, co-producer Space Shuttle: An American Adventure. Adjunct faculty University North Carolina, 1966—1970, Mississippi State University, since 1981, Belhaven College, since 1986. Feature writer, syndicated columnist Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1974—1977.

Project director Mississippi Student Space Station, since 1987. Lecturer, author writings in field.


Member of American Association Museum (accreditation committee member), Southeastern Planetarium Association (president 1975, Special Achievement award 1977), International Planetarium Society (council 1976), Gamma Theta Upsilon (elder, stewardship chairman).


Married; 6 children.