Sciences and Exploration Directorate

Horace G Mitchell


Horace G Mitchell's Contact Card & Information.
Phone: 301.286.4101
Org Code: 606
Mail Code 606.4
Greenbelt, MD 20771
Employer: EMERITUS

Brief Bio

Horace Mitchell received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in physics from Rice University in Houston, Texas. After receiving his doctorate in physics in 1978, he joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) as a research physicist, studying plasma transport and instability processes in the Earth's ionosphere and magnetosphere at the Naval Research Laboratory. There he developed an interest in visualizing his scientific computations, which subsequently led him to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in 1991 as head of the Scientific Visualization Studio (SVS), which was founded in 1988. Since 1997, Dr. Mitchell has led the SVS in producing visualizations of NASA’s scientific data for use in public media outlets, using many processes from the film and animation industry. Some of the major productions that he has directed or produced include ‘Multisensor Fire Observations’, ‘A Tour of the Cryosphere’, ‘Frozen’, ‘Towers in the Tempest’, ‘Sentinels of the Heliosphere’, and 'Perpetual Ocean'. One of the groundbreaking efforts of the SVS has been to put its thousands of products on the web for use by the entire world, thus bringing NASA research and mission results into the broadcast media, museums, documentaries, and educational institutions.


Ph.D. - Physics, Rice University, 1978
M.A. - Physics, Rice University, 1976
M.A. - Applied Mathematics, Princeton University, 1974
B.A. - Mathematics and Physics, Rice University, 1972


 2011 Excellence in Information Science and Technology Award