Biography: Charles Sheffield

 Charles Sheffield is Chief Scientist and Board Member of Earth Satellite Corporation, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Past-President and Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, a Past-President of the Science Fiction Writers of America, a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, and a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was born in England, educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, and holds a Ph.D. in theoretical physics.

His forty published books include the best-selling EARTHWATCH and MAN ON EARTH and the standard reference text, SPACE CAREERS. He has authored more than a hundred technical papers on subjects ranging from astronomy to large-scale computer systems, image processing, earth resources, gravitational field analysis, nuclear physics, and general relativity. He serves as a reviewer of science texts for the New Scientist, The World & I, and the Washington Post.

In his fiction writing, Dr. Sheffield was the winner of the 1991 Japanese Sei-un award for best science fiction novel (THE MCANDREW CHRONICLES) translated into Japanese, and winner of the 1992 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (BROTHER TO DRAGONS). His 1993 novelette GEORGIA ON MY MIND won the Nebula and Hugo Awards. In addition to novels and story collections, he has published more than a hundred science fiction short stories.

His main interest at EarthSat at the moment is in the creation for NASA of a uniform world-wide data base derived from satellite observations. The final product will be accurate digital maps of the whole of the world's land areas, at a ground resolution of 30 meters.

Dr. Sheffieldīs web site is at


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