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John Mannone


Ambassador Since 2008

Niota, Tennessee 37826
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Biographical Information:


Photo of Ambassador John Mannone John Mannone is professor of physics and astronomy and a nuclear consultant. He received a B.S. in chemistry from Loyola College in 1970, an M.S. in physical/theoretical chemistry from Georgetown University, in 1978, an M.S. in plasma physics from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1988 and attained Ph.D. candidacy in Electrical Engineering at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2002.

As a research chemist for a major laboratory in Baltimore, Maryland, he worked on the photochemistry of hydrazine fuel after-burn and its impact on Martian life-detection equipment on Viking Lander. Also, he worked on the accelerated aging of electro-explosives used on the Voyager II probe.

Much of his expertise in recent years has been in nuclear science and engineering.

Currently, John is a professor of physics at Hiwassee College (Madisonville, TN) and a distinguished professional in the Knox County Schools where he also teaches physics.

His astronomy interests include astrophysical plasmas, multi-wavelength spectroscopy, and radio astronomy.

John currently serves on the board of directors for the Society of Amateur Radio Astronomers (2004-2008) and is the editor of their journal.

He is fascinated with the impact of astronomy on historical events, astronomy in poetic literature, and in biblical astronomy. He is a published poet in literary quality magazines, as well as in publications of international significance. He often uses astronomy-related poetry in his outreach.


Past events hosted by this Ambassador:

Astronomy in the Classroom
Local High School

Gamma Ray Bursts
Orion Monthly Program

Tao Public Stargaze
Tamke-Allan Observatory

The Universe is Made of Candy
Girls Preparatory School

Variable Stars - Algol et al.
Tamke-Allan Observatory


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