James V. Taranik life and biography

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James V. Taranik biography

Date of birth : 1940-04-23
Date of death : 2011-06-21
Birthplace : Los Angeles, California, Unites States
Nationality : American
Category : Arhitecture and Engineering
Last modified : 2011-09-20
Credited as : geologist, NASA expert,

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James V. Taranik was an American geologist and physicist.

Geophysicist and remote-sensing technology expert who worked at NASA during the early space shuttle missions. Later, as President of the Desert Research Institute, he adapted the institute's sophisticated satellite imagery to new areas of research, including environmental research and geological exploration.


NASA Program Scientist, Space Shuttle program (1979-82)
US Interior Department Principal Scientist, Earth Observation Systems Data Center, USGS (1975-79)
Member of the Board of Earth Satellite Corp. (1997-2002)
Member of the Board of Newmont Mining (1986-2010)
Member of the Board of Klamath Basin Geopower (2002-11)
Bronze Star (1970)
American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow (1985)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
American Astronautical Society
American Geological Institute Foundation
American Geophysical Union
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Explorers Club Fellow (1985)
Geological Society of America Fellow (1978)
International Academy of Astronautics (1994)
Mountain States Legal Foundation
Society of Exploration Geophysicists

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