Dr. SETI, as H. Paul Shuch is known to his intimates, has been called a cross between Carl Sagan and Tom Lehrer (he sings like Sagan and lectures like Lehrer). The aerospace engineer credited with the design of the world's first commercial home satellite TV receiver now directs his microwave interests toward the search for life in space. Dr. Shuch received his Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to serving the nonprofit SETI League as its founding Executive Director (now Emeritus), he served as a professor of Engineering, Physics, and Astronomy on various campuses for a total of 34 years. Within the New Warrior movement, Paul's teaching background earned him the name "Patient Owl."
An Extra-class radio amateur first licensed in 1961, N6TX has been operational in 20 different ham bands between 1.8 MHz and 24 GHz. Paul has chaired the VHF/UHF Advisory Committee of the American Radio Relay League, and has served as Technical Director and Board Chairman of Project OSCAR, Inc., predecessor to AMSAT, as well as AMSAT Director of Education, on the Board of The SETI League, as Vice President of the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers, as a Director of the Central States VHF Society, and as Executive Committee member and Membership Officer for Central PA Mensa. Paul was Banquet Speaker at the 1996 Dayton Hamvention, and appears frequently at various ham club and ARRL regional and national conventions.
Paul is the author or editor of more than 600 publications, including the hypertext book "Tune In The Universe!" (ARRL, ISBN 0-87259-854-3, 2001). His honors include the Dayton Hamvention Technical Excellence Award, an ARRL Technical Achievement Award, the National Space Club's Dr. Robert H. Goddard Scholarship, a Hertz Foundation Fellowship in the Applied Physical Sciences, the Hertz Doctoral Thesis Prize, a QST cover plaque, and the Central States VHF Society's John T. Chambers Memorial Award. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society, the Radio Club of America, and the European Radio Astronomy Club; a Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics and co-chair of its SETI Permanent Study Group; and is or was webmaster for the SETI League, SARA, Invitation to ETI, and IAA SETI websites. Paul is a Life Member of ARRL, AMSAT, Central States VHF Society, Society of Wild Weasels, and Mensa. He serves as a fellowship interviewer for the Hertz Foundation, a manuscript reviewer for several peer reviewed journals, has been an advisor to the National Science Foundation, and is a military program evaluator for the American Council on Education.
Born in 1946 (among the first of the Baby Boomers), Paul lives on a radio-quiet hilltop just north of Williamsport PA with his biologist wife, Muriel Hykes, and two of their seven recombinant DNA experiments. For ten years, he air commuted the 200 miles to The SETI League's New Jersey office in his much-modified 1970 Beechcraft A24-R Sierra. Recognizing that the most dangerous part of flying is the drive to the airport, Paul tempts fate by riding there on his trophy-winning 1989 Honda PC-800 Pacific Coast motorcycle. A Vietnam-era Air Force veteran and active instrument flight instructor, Paul serves as an FAA Safety Team Lead Representative, has been an Airport Commissioner, was once voted Flight Instructor of the Year by his FAA district office, and is part owner of the Frazier Lake Airpark, Hollister CA. He designed the patented BiDCAS aircraft anti-collision radar, which won the Experimental Aircraft Association's Safety Achievement Award. His most recent patent is for "Adaptive Microwave Antenna," technology being used in the latest radio telescope arrays.
Prof. Shuch is listed in a whole bunch of Who's Who publications. His academic portfolio appears online at http://shuch.net . He now runs his own flight school, AvSport of Lock Haven (http://AvSport.org).
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