George Davenport graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor's degree in physics, then completed Air Force meteorology training at the University of Texas, and later earned a master's degree in Astronomy from San Diego State University. He has also earned a master's degree in management from Central Michigan University. A retired U.S. Air Force weather officer, his Air Force career and subsequent employment with industry focused on the space environment and space weather impacts on operational space-based and ground-based systems.
A highlight of his Air Force career was serving as the last commander of the Air Weather Service solar observatory in Tehran, Iran. Early in 1979, after operations at the observatory were terminated due to the Iranian revolution, he was at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran the first time the embassy was overrun. He was among twelve Americans forcibly taken from the embassy by dissident revolutionaries, put on display to angry students in the mosque at Tehran University, and then jailed briefly before finally being returned to the embassy.
While a contractor developing a Space Weather Training course for the Air Force Space Command, he assembled a flow chart that became known as the Space Environmental Impacts Model. The model was published in EOS, Transactions, American Geophysical Union, and it has been used by the Air Force and the Department of Commerce as a training tool for military and civilian space weather forecasters.
Since 1980, he has taught physics, mathematics, management, astronomy, meteorology, space environment, and other science and engineering courses at various colleges and universities. He was an honorarium instructor of physics and space environment at UCCS from 1992 to 2007, where he was named Outstanding Instructor of the Year in 2004. Currently he teaches the online Spacecraft Environment Interactions course for UCCS, and he is Physics Department Chair and instructor of the physics courses at Pikes Peak Community College.
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