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Directory of Ambassadors: Derrick Pitts
Derrick Pitts
Derrick H. Pitts
Member Since 2010

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Biographical Information:

Derrick Pitts has been associated with the Franklin Institute Science Museum since 1978, designing and presenting many of the museum's public programs and exhibits. Pitts served as museum vice-president and many other valued positions. He has been Chief Astronomer and Director of the Fels Planetarium since 1990. As Fels Planetarium director, Pitts has written and produced more than two-dozen planetarium programs. He currently serves as the US National Spokesperson for the International Astronomical Union's International Year of Astronomy 2009.

He has written numerous astronomy columns for newspapers and national magazines. He appears regularly on all the major television networks as a science content expert and for nearly two decades has hosted award-winning astronomy radio programs. Pitts is also a regular guest commentator on national television shows and serves as a scientific consultant to many organizations.

Among his many awards are the Mayor's Liberty Bell, the St. Lawrence University Distinguished Alumni Award, the G. W. Carver Medal, the Please Touch Museum's "Great Friend To Kids???" Award; induction into the Germantown Historical Society Hall of Fame, selection as one of the "50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science" in 2004 and the 2005 "Men Making a Difference in the Community???" Award for Excellence in Science and Technology.

Pitts currently serves as the University Honors committee chair on the Board of Trustees for his alma mater St. Lawrence University, is a member of the Board of Trustees at Widener University.

Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:

Our Boiling Sun
Franklin Institute Sci Mus

Hubble's Diverse Universe
Franklin Institute Sci Mus

Astronomy for Couch Potatoes: Astron. Exploration by Computer
Franklin Institute Sci Mus

Guerrilla Astronomy - International Observe the Moon Night
2nd & Chestnut Sts.- St. corner

Our Boiling Sun
Osher Lifelong Learning Inst.

Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:

Philadelphia Science Festival - Science Carnival
Franklin Institute

InSight Landing and Nasdaq Closing Bell

Why the Lunar Module? Tours of the LM
Franklin institute

Franklin Institute Astronomy Night
Congreso de Latinos Unidos

Passport to the Universe
Franklin Institute

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Last Updated: 19 Feb 2019