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December 7, 1999
NASA ASTROPHYSICIST DR. THEODORE GULL TO DELIVER SDSM& T COMMENCEMENT ADDRESS
The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology ( SDSM& T) will hold its 140th commencement on Saturday, December 18, 1999. The ceremony begins at 10: 00 am in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater. National Aeronautics and Space Administration ( NASA) Astrophysicist Dr. Theodore Gull will deliver this year’s commencement address.
Gull first joined NASA in 1966 as a NASA Trainee while an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research experience has garnered him many opportunities at various research laboratories and observatories across the country including Hughes Research Laboratory, Yerkes Observatory, Kitt Peak National Observatory, Lockheed Electronics, and Goddard Space Flight Center where he resides today in the Laboratory for Astronomy and Solar Physics. In 1971 Gull received his Ph. D. from Cornell University and in 1985 earned his MBA from Loyola College of Maryland. Gull has designed and built several instruments for astronomical research; helped in the pre and post- launch studies of the International Ultraviolet Explorer; and served as Mission Scientist for the Astro Mission in December 1990. He has served on multiple review teams for the several shuttle missions launching and in turn servicing the Hubble Space Telescope, and is involved in various studies on the Next Generation Space Telescope. He currently serves as Deputy Principal Investigator for the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph, installed into the Hubble Space Telescope in February 1997.
When Gull comes to Rapid City to deliver the commencement address for the School of Mines, he will be coming back to familiar territory. Gull was born in Hot Springs and raised in Edgemont. He is a 4th generation South Dakotan whose great grandparents were homesteaders. Gull and his wife Connie have two sons, Michael and Matthew. Gull’s mother, Irene, still resides in Edgemont.
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