Biography
GERALD T. DAVIDSON


Dr. Gerald T. Davidson was a member of the Space Sciences Laboratory at Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories (LPARL) in Palo Alto, California for 29 years. His most recent position was as a Research Scientist. He left that position in October, 1992 and has continued his research, working independently since that time. His experience embraces a wide range of topics in computational physics, space plasma physics, and astrophysics The emphasis in much of his work has been on the theoretical and computational aspects of complex problems. His most recent endeavors at Lockheed (now Lockheed-Martin) included a study of the UV radiation transport in the Earth's atmosphere of the oxygen lines produced in the solar corona, a study of nonlinear processes and chaotic behavior in the precipitation of trapped electrons from radiation belts, the definition of the infrared background in the upper atmosphere, the application of image restoration techniques to the mapping of radioactive materials on the ground, and the tomographic mapping of the ionosphere from radio transmissions between satellites.

Since leaving LPARL in 1992 Dr. Davidson has remained active in scientific issues related to the Earth's atmosphere and environment. He was one of the organizers of the Winkler Symposium at the University of Minnesota in 2005; that meeting was concerned with the current understanding of pulsating aurorae and other pulsations in the Earth's magnetosphere. The primary focus of his his recent activities has been on problems related to the the historical impacts of global climate change.

Dr. Davidson has also been recognized for his technical and scenic photography, which have led to numerous publications of his scenic photographs - particularly in Montana, the Magazine of Western History and in Montana Magazine, and an exhibition at the Carbon County Arts Guild at Red Lodge, Montana. He has applied photography to the documentation of historic sites. See a gallery of photographs by G. Davidson

Gerald Davidson has been active in community affairs in Red Lodge, Montana, where he now makes his permanent home. He was one of the leaders of a group that was formed in 1998 to explore the feasibility of a  Convention and Performing Arts Center (CPAC) in Red Lodge. In recent years he has been been involved in the  Red Lodge Festival of Nations, a celebration of the ethnic heritage of the city.

He has also maintained a long-time interest in music and musical acoustics; which proved very useful in the CPAC studies. Gerald Davidson has been a supporter of music organizations, particularly the Red Lodge Music Festival and regional performing groups



Educational and
Profession Background
B.S., 1957
Engineering Physics, Montana State University, 1957
Ph.D., 1963
Theoretical Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Dissertation: Charged Particle Induced Heating of a Gaseous Nebula, (M.S.)
1963 — 1992
Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratories, Space Sciences Laboratory, Research Scientist


Professional and
Honorary Society
Membership
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • Society of Sigma Xi
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Astronomical Society