Dr. F. Curtis Michel joined the faculty of the Space Science and Physics Department at Rice University in 1963. He became one of the first scientist-astronauts for NASA from 1965-1969. He then returned to Rice in 1969 and served for five years as the Department Chairman (1974-1979). He was named the Andrew Hays Buchanan Professor of Astrophysics at Rice in 1974 and retired from Rice 2000.
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