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Robert A. C. Egler

....Senior Lecturer in Astronomy

.....Office: .......Fox Labs 236
......Phone: ..... (919) 515-7842
......Fax: ..........(919) 515-6538
......E-mail: ......robert_egler@ncsu.edu

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......Joined NC State Physics:
..........1987



·         Assistant Department Head 1993 thru 2008


Areas of Interest:

..........Applied Positional Astronomy - Applications of astronomy to maritime and spacecraft navigation.
.................. Principle projects include Navstar / Global Positioning System (GPS),
...................and the Space Surveillance and Tracking System (SSTS).

.......... Historical Astronomy - Astronomy and astrology in medieval Europe (AD 800 to 1400).

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Classes Taught:

Professional and Scholarly Societies:

  • American Astronautical Society  (AAS)
  • Institute of Navigation (ION)
  • Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC)
  • Carolina Geological Society (minor in geology, now a hobby) CGS
     Also a member of the Oxford University Alumni Society (click HERE for a cool virtual tour of Oxford)

Positions before joining NC State Physics:

  • Member of the Technical Staff, The Aerospace Corporation
         
    Navigation Analysis Section: Satellite Navigation Department.

  • Research Assistant, Astrophysics Group
         Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
         Under Dr. Frank Briggs (Now at Kapteyn Astronomical Institute, Netherlands)

  • Student Assistant, Allegheny Observatory
         University of Pittsburgh

  • Fire Fighter (professional): Engine 1 / Ladder 1
         Wilkinsburg Borough, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Publications and presentations:

My duties are primarily administration and instruction. I have about two dozen papers and a couple lab manuals and short textbooks published. Some publications representative of my areas of interest are:

“Medieval Astronomy”  Invited Lecture, Duke University Physics, July 2007

“Measuring the Heavens: Astronomical Instruments before the Telescope”
Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada,  Robert A. Egler
Vol. 100 (2006) p 37

 “Customized calculation of navigational and astronomical ephemerides: Applied spherical astronomy”
J. Royal Astro. Soc. Canada, Robert A. Egler
Vol. 99 (2005) p 165

"Oblitus Astrologia: Astronomical Progress in Medieval Europe"
J. Royal Astro. Soc. Canada, Robert A. Egler
Vol. 98 (2004) p 277

"Astronomical events recorded in the medieval Anglo-Saxon Chronicles"
J. Royal Astro. Soc. Canada, Robert A. Egler
Vol. 96 (2002), p 184

"Temperature Dependence of Sextant Index Error"
Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Robert A. Egler
Vol. 42 (1995), No. 3, p 531

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Last updated:  10 January 2018