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Sally Ride
Professor of Physics
University of California, San Diego

Sally K. Ride is a professor of physics at University of California, San Diego. A former NASA astronaut, and the first American woman in space, she received her BS in physics and a BA in English in 1973 from Stanford University. She also received her MS and PhD in physics from Stanford, in 1975 and 1978 respectively. Ride was selected for astronaut training in 1978 and subsequently flew aboard two Space Shuttle flights, STS-7 in 1983, and STS-41G in 1984. In 1986, Ride served on the Presidential Commission investigating the Space Shuttle Challenger accident, and was then named assistant to the NASA administrator for Long-Range Planning at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. In this role she created NASA's Office of Exploration and produced a report entitled "Leadership and America's Future in Space".

In 1989 Ride joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego where she was also director of the California Space Institute from 1989-1996. An advocate for improved science education, Ride has written three children's books, To Space and Back, Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System, and The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth from Space. She has received numerous awards, including the Jefferson Award for Public Service and the National Spaceflight Medal. Ride is currently a member of the President's Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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    // Case Studies, January 1999