Middle Atlantic Planetarium Society Margaret Noble Address Speakers

The Margaret Noble Address is named in honor of one of the founding members of MAPS. Margaret Noble was a teacher and planetarian at Cardozo High School in Washington D.C. Her particular talents in persuasion, diplomacy, persistence and her passion for astronomy guided her efforts in bringing the universe to students.

We remember Margaret Noble as a mentor, an educator, a planetarian, a lobbyist and a dreamer. Her main goal in life was to inspire children to become interested in astronomy in particular and science in general. The presenters of the Margaret Noble address should exhibit similar traits and use the opportunity to share their wisdom and unique perspective on the state of planetarium education and its potential for inspiring both students and public audiences to higher aspirations in our time.

~ Excerpt above from the 2013 Margaret Noble Address presentation given by Patty Seaton.
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2016Waldorf, MDSteve Russo
2015Garden City, LI NYSteve Mitch
2014Baltimore, MDCarter Emmart
2013Frederick, MDDon Knapp
2012Toms River, NJApril Whitt
2011Glassboro, NJ | Warminster, PA | Dresher, PAJoanne Young
2010Portland, MESusan R. Button
2009Lanham-Seabrook, MDLee Ann A. Hennig
2008Schenectady, NYSam Storch
2007Wheeling, WV (MAPS/GLPA/SEPA)James Sweitzer
2006Toms River, NJSteve Savage
2005Philadelphia, PAGeorge Hamilton
2004Richmond, VA (MAPS/SEPA)Bill Gutsch
2003Lanham-Seabrook, MDJim Kaler
2002Worcester, MADerek Pitts
2001Pittsburg, PARob Landis
2000Prince Frederick, MDJohn Stoke
1999Lancaster, MDPete Connors
1998Wheeling, WVMartin Ratcliffe
1997Chadds Ford, PAim Sharp
1996Boston, MAOwen Gingrich
1995Raritan Valley Community College, NJDon Hall
1994Portland, MEJack Borden
1993Baltimore, MDGeorge Reed
1992Pittsburg, PACarolyn Sumners
1991Philadelphia, PAPhil Sadler
1990Wheeling, WVAlan Friedman
1989Doylestown, PA (Bucks Co. Planetarium)Laurence Marschall
1988Durham, NHMargaret Geller
1987Centerport, LI NYTobias Owen
1986Wheeling, WVRobert Brown
1985New York, NYIsaac Asimov
1984Reading, PAMark Chartrand
1983Rochester, NY (MAPS/GLPA)Frank Drake
1982Lanham-Seabrook, MDJack Horkheimer
1981Philadelphia, PAPeter Van De Kamp
1980Boston, MAFletcher Watson
1979Ithaca, NYJack Carr
1978Durham, NHPhillip Morrison
1977Baltimore, MDDon Hall?
1976Trenton, NJ
1975Hartford, CT
1974Langley, VA (MAPS/SEPA)
1973Pittsburg, PA
1972Dix Hills, LI NY (Half Hollow Hills Planetarium)
1971Reading, PAMargaret Noble, “The Light Side of the Dark” (First MNA)