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Stephen Daunt, Ph.D.

Steve Daunt came to Iona College to play basketball. He majored in physics, chemistry and math. He attended graduate school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he worked in molecular spectroscopy (Physical Chemistry and Chemical Physics). His supervisor enjoyed lab privileges at Canada's National Research Council in Ottawa, where Steve explored laser work and first found out the relationship of his field to astronomy. That lab is now the Stacie Institute for Molecular Sciences (formerly the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics). Dr. Herzberg was the lab director, and he won the Nobel Prize while Steve was a student working in his branch. During those years, Steve became interested in computer simulation that brought him into his first contact with the University of Tennessee (UT).
Steve came to UT as a postdoc in 1975 and taught in the Math Department for three years while he did research in the Dept. of Physics & Astronomy. When he started teaching in the Physics Department he decided that his research was pulling him more and more into astronomy and, that teaching it might be a good idea. Steve has taught astronomy and various physics courses at UT and he is also an adjunct professor at Maryville College (Maryville, Tenn.) in astronomy, medical physics and nuclear medicine.  He has been a visiting research scientist at NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, Md.) and he has done work in support of the Voyager, Cassini and Galileo Mission and the Hubble Space Telescope. Steve spent 10 years as NSERC Faculty Fellow at Concordia University, Montreal, Canada.