Dr. Anthony L. Shoup
I grew up in the small town of Tipp City, Ohio, about 1 hour south of Lima on interstate 75. I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters, me being the middle child.
My mother (Rosemary W. Shoup) was mostly a stay-at-home mom, but did work part-time from time to time. She was a very prolific reader. She could read a few hundred page novel in one evening! Her life philosophies have always reminded me that very profound ideas and concepts can come from anywhere at anytime, so you should always keep your ear and eye well trained.
My dad (Richard V. Shoup) is a retired electrician who worked for General Motors in Dayton Ohio. He is a very meticulous, intelligent problem solver. He always said to use the right tool for the job, that most things were a one-man-job, and that everything you do should be done right (showed by example more than words). He always thought there was an infinite source of "harmonic" energy in the air all around us. All we had to do was figure out how to tap into it.
From as early as I can remember, I have always been interested in (and amazed by) the night sky. I loved to watch Star Trek, Lost In Space, and the TV coverage of the Apollo missions as I was growing up. I always dreamed of going into space myself. Sometime in junior high school I decided I wanted to become an astronaut. In high school I began preparing myself for the Air Force Academy, to become a pilot on my way to becoming an astronaut. I applied to my congressman and my senator (John Glenn). My congressman nominated me for the Academy, but my health (glasses and a concussion at age 13) helped to keep me out of the Academy.
I haven't made it to space (yet), but have maintained my interest in space, through my education in physics and astronomy, through my research in high energy astrophysics, through my teaching of physics and astronomy, and through my ongoing hobbies of astrophotography and observations of eclipsing binaries.
I graduated from Tippecanoe High School in June of 1978 in a class of about 225 students.
I received my B.S. degree in Computer Engineering in 1984 from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.
I received my M.S. in Experimental High Energy Physics in 1988 from the University of Cincinnati.
I received my Ph.D. in Experimental High Energy Physics in 1991 from the University of Cincinnati.
I have too many hobbies. I never seem to have enough time to spend on any given hobby and thus don't get nearly as much done on any of them as I would like. My main hobbies are:
Running (recently rediscovered)
Tae Kwon Do
Camping with my family
Flying RC Planes (need to find more time for this)
Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, ...