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 the flow of liquids and gasses to a physics Ph.D. from Dartmouth for research 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, including several that did not involve fluid dynamics. He lives in McLean with a mercifully tolerant wife and two offspring in grade school, none of whom have so far shown much interest in fluid dynamics. Dr. Phillips is now the Chief Scientist of the Alogus Research Corporation, working on physics and building websites like this one. He joined the Board of Directors in 2013.
*From a fluid dynamics point of view.