Kathryn D. Sullivan

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NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project


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Biographical Sketch

NAME: Kathryn Dwyer “Kathy” Sullivan


  • B.S. in Earth Sciences, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1973 Ph.D. in Geology, Dalhousie University, 1978
  • Honorary Doctorate, Dalhousie University, 1985
  • Honorary Degree, State University of New York, 1991

MILITARY EXPERIENCE: Commander, US Naval Reserve

NASA INVOLVEMENT: NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas (1978-1992) Astronaut, Flight Crew Operations Division


  • Adjunct Professor at Rice in 1985
  • Chief Scientist, United States Commerce Department, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Washington, D.C. (1993-1996)
  • President and Chief Executive Officer, Center of Science and Industry, Columbus, Ohio (1996-1999)
  • John Glenn School of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
  • Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator


  • Wood’s Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Planetary Society, Board of Directors


  • National Air and Space Museum Trophy, Smithsonian Institution, 1985• Jaycees International Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award, 1987• NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 1988
  • NASA Space Flight Medal, 1984, 1990
  • AIAA Haley Apace Flight Award, 1991
  • AAS Space Flight Achievement Award, 1991
  • Lone Sailor Award, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
  • Johnson Space Center Oral History Project Kathryn D. Sullivan
  • “First Woman” Award, National First Ladies’ Library and Smithsonian Institution, 2000


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