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Lee Phillips

Lee Phillips grew up on the 17th floor of a public housing project on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. He attended Stuyvesant High School, where he caused Frank McCourt to question his decision to leave Ireland, and Hampshire College, where he studied physics, mathematics, and music. He then rode his fascination with flows to a physics PhD from Dartmouth in fluid dynamics. After completing postdoctoral work in plasma physics, Dr. Phillips was hired by the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC, where he worked on various problems for the Navy, NASA, DOE, and others for 21 years. Lee Phillips is the author of numerous research papers and popular, and not so popular, articles about science, the use of computers in scientific research, and related areas of politics and education. He has published two books about gnuplot and one book about the use of the Julia programming language in science. PublicAffairs will bring out his book about the mathematician Emmy Noether in December, 2024. He has created and maintains websites for several organizations, including this one. He firmly believes that the original Star Trek is much better than all the sequels. He lives in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where he is studying Spanish, teaching English, researching and writing, and asking waiters if he can get the sushi without cream cheese. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013.

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