Dr. Ellis D. Miner fondly recalls his infrared work on the Viking Mission to Mars as a career highlight.
LAKE VIEW TERRACE, CA, November 19, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — Marquis Who’s Who, the world’s premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to present Ellis D. Miner, PhD, with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. An accomplished listee, Dr. Miner celebrates many years’ experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Dr. Miner is renowned as an astrophysicist with more than 55 years of excellence in his field. He developed an early interest in mathematics and physics, and was encouraged by his high school physics teacher to pursue a career in physics. He initially pursued an education at Utah State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1961. Subsequently, Dr. Miner graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy from Brigham Young University in 1965, with a major in astrophysics and a minor in spectroscopy.
From 1965 to 1967, Dr. Miner served his country to the rank of Captain in the United States Army Signal Corps. From 1957 to 1960, he worked in Northern Germany doing missionary outreach for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. When he returned to the United States in 1960, Dr Miner completed his undergraduate studies at Utah State University, and then, in 1961, he served as a quality control analyst for Sperry Utah Company in Salt Lake City.
In 1965, Dr. Miner accepted the post of a senior scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA, eventually ascending to the role of the assistant project scientist on the Voyager project from 1977 to 1990. From 1990 to 1998, he excelled as the science manager on the NASA/ESA Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Dr Miner is the author of “Uranus: The Planet, Rings and Satellites,” published in 1990 (a second edition was published in 1998), “Neptune: The Planet, Rings and Satellites,” published in 2002, “Planetary Ring Systems,” published in 2007, and numerous professional journal articles. He is the recipient of Exceptional Science Achievement Medals from NASA in 1981 and 1986, as well as an Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1990. He fondly recalls his infrared work on the Viking Mission to Mars as a career highlight, but considers raising his seven children to have been his greatest accomplishment. Moreover, Dr. Miner served 11 years as the Bishop of the Sunland Ward, La Crescenta California Stake, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and another 7 years as First Counselor in the La Crescenta Stake Presidency.
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