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Ojars J. Sovers, Ph.D – Lifetime Achiever

Florence, OR – Ojars J. Sovers, Ph.D, is being recognized by Continental Who’s Who as a Lifetime Achiever in the field of software development as a Retired Research Physicist with Caltech NASA Jet Propulsion Lab.

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a nationally renowned research facility that carries out robotic space and Earth science missions. Their facility is known for creating the first successful interplanetary spacecraft and sending robotic missions to study the planets and the solar system as well as asteroids, comets as well as Earth’s moon. JPL is a federally funded research and development center managed by Caltech for The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) using world leading innovation to find solutions for scientific problems of national significance.

Upon his return to the United States in 1979, Ojars J. Sovers joined the team at Caltech Jet Propulsion Lab in developing software for the final stages of data reduction of very-long-baseline radio interferometric data, with an emphasis on modeling Earth motions at the centimeter level. He remained here until 1998 where he moved on to become a senior scientist for the Remote Sensing Analysis Systems, Inc., while still working part time for JPL until his retirement in 2005, earning him 40 years in the field of science. Dr. Sovers attended Brooklyn College where he first pursued his career in physics. There he earned his Bachelor of Sciences in both Physics and Chemistry. Following his studies at Brooklyn College in 1958 Dr. Sovers was invited for National Science Foundation fellowship for graduate study in chemistry at Princeton University. Here he continued to prepare for his career, and dive further into his love for science and received his Ph.D in Physics and Physical Chemistry.

To those coming up in the field, he says “Don’t do it unless you’re really interested” and to keep in mind “We are all pretty much the same-weirdos-but we see things differently.”

Dr. Ojars J. Sovers would like to dedicate his success in loving memory of his chemistry professor at Brooklyn College, Albert K. Levine.

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