Dr. Martin Horejsi is a Professor of Instructional Technology and Science Education at The University of Montana. A long-time meteorite collector and writer, he contributed often and wrote a magazine column on the subject. Horejsi is currently a monthly columnist in The Science Teacher, a journal by the National Science Teachers Association. Horejsi specializes in the collection and study of historic witnessed-fall meteorites with the older, smaller, and rarer the better. Although his meteorite collection once numbered over a thousand pieces with near that many different locations, several large trades and sales have streamlined the collection to about 250 locations with all but 10 being important witnessed falls. Many of the significant specimens in Horejsi's collection are historic witnessed falls that once occupied prominence in the meteorite collections of Robert A. Haag, James Schwade, and Michael Farmer. Other important specimens were acquired through institutional trades including those from The Smithsonian Institution, Arizona State University, and other universities.
On June 19, 2011, Martin Horesji was inducted into the Brotherhood of Saint-Georges of the Guardians of the Meteorite of Ensisheim in Ensisheim, France. Horesji received this honor because of his for extensive writing and education about meteorites, space science, the intersection between science and culture. The Ensisheim meteorite fell in 1492, and a significant portion of the meteorite is still on display near where it was studied and viewed by visitors. Each year five new guardians are selected to carry on the tradition of safekeeping the meteorite. New guardians are presented with a certificate of membership and a guardian's plate which is attached to a ribbon and worn around the neck.
SOLAR SYSTEM AMBASSADOR MASTER TEACHER
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Modeling Space Teacher Conference
Experience and Explore the Small Bodies of the Solar System Teacher Conference
OmniGlobe Fieldtrip and Solar System Modeling College of Education, The University of Montana
Space Exploration and Meteorites Teacher Conference
Authentic Space Science with Probes ICEE Conference