Editor emeritus Rick Fienberg spent nearly 22 years in a variety of editorial and management positions at Sky & Telescope. Before joining S&T in 1986, Rick earned his B.A. in physics at Rice University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in astronomy at Harvard University. He has done research on the aurora borealis, planetary nebulae, active galaxies, and the center of the Milky Way. His coverage of the Hubble Space Telescope for S&T won a citation from the National Space Club.
Rick is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the International Astronomical Union (IAU) named asteroid 9983
Rickfienberg in his honor. He helped create the Galileoscope educational telescope kit for the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
Rick spent the 2008-09 academic year as Visiting Scientist in Astronomy & Astrophysics at Phillips Academy, the prestigious college-preparatory school in Andover, Massachusetts. He now serves as Press Officer and Education & Outreach Coordinator for the American Astronomical Society.
Though trained as a professional astronomer, Rick remains an amateur at heart, observing the sky and shooting astrophotos from his homebuilt
hilltop observatory in southern New Hampshire. An inveterate traveler, often in pursuit of total solar eclipses, Rick has visited all seven continents as well as the North and South Poles.