National Space Society Board of Governors
Geoff Notkin is a world renowned meteorite specialist, science writer, photographer, adventure traveler, and owner of Aerolite Meteorites, Inc., a company providing meteorite specimens to collectors and institutions worldwide. An Emmy-winning television host, Notkin starred in three seasons of the Science Channel series Meteorite Men and hosted the educational series STEM Journals for two seasons on Cox Media.
Along with hosting his own television series, Notkin has been featured on documentaries for National Geographic, Discovery, PBS, the BBC, The History Channel, A&E, and The Travel Channel. He has appeared on NBC’s TODAY show, the nationally syndicated radio show Coast to Coast AM, and has been interviewed by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Space.com, Universe Today and many other leading sites and publications. An in-demand public speaker and science popularizer, Notkin is a frequent guest at space and science conferences around the world.
The search for rare and valuable space rocks has taken Geoff to 45 countries and some of our planet’s most remote areas, including northern Siberia, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the Australian Outback, and he has three times crossed the Arctic Circle. He is currently filming a new adventure series, Meteorite Hunters Unlimited, with longtime expedition partner Steve Arnold.
Notkin is also an award-winning author and has written hundreds of published articles on meteoritics, paleontology, astronomy, adventure travel, history, and the arts, with his work appearing in Astronomy, Astronomy Now, Sky & Telescope, USA Today, Wired, Reader’s Digest, American Digger, and many other national and international publications. He is the author of the books Meteorite Hunting: How To Find Treasure From Space and Rock Star: Adventures Of A Meteorite Man (featuring an original introduction by Geoff’s lifelong friend Neil Gaiman), and a science and arts blog, The Logical Lizard, at www.geoffnotkin.com.
Geoff has worked with many of the world’s major institutions including the American Museum of Natural History, New York; the Natural History Museum, London; and the Center for Meteorite Studies at ASU in Tempe, Arizona. He is a member of The Explorer’s Club and serves on the Board of Directors of the Astrosociology Research Institute and the Board of Advisors of Deep Space Industries.
The minor planet 132904, discovered at Mount Palomar, was named “Notkin” in recognition of Geoff’s contributions to science, the arts, exploration, and education. Notkin joined the NSS Board of Governors in 2015.