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Valerie Neal, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
Curator and Chair of Space History Department
Dr. Valerie Neal, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and history with honors from TCU, is the curator and chair of the Space History Department of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C..
She is responsible for the artifact collections from the space shuttle era and International Space Station, most notably the orbiter Discovery. Dr. Neal’s publications include: Discovery, Champion of the Space Shuttle Fleet (2014) and two edited books on space exploration, Spaceflight: A Smithsonian Guide (1995) and Where Next, Columbus? The Future of Space Exploration (1994).
While it may seem surprising that a liberal arts major came to oversee the preservation of some of the United States’ most prized scientific artifacts, her explanation, as outlined in a previous article for TCU Magazine, was simply this: “What I truly enjoy is discovery. That’s what a liberal arts education at TCU taught me more than anything — learning how to learn.”