Martin Goldman was the valedictorian at Jamaica High School in 1956, which is saying a lot. We had 821 graduates and needed two graduation sessions.
Martin’s average of 97.484 was the second highest in the history of the school at the time. He was also president of the General Organization and was widely respected as both smart and genial, and he remains so today, as a physics professor at the University of Colorado.
Goldman is also a project scientist at the successful launch at Cape Canaveral Thursday.
From Kenneth Chang’s article in The New York Times on Thursday:
“A NASA mission called Magnetospheric Multiscale, scheduled to be launched Thursday night, aims to make the first detailed measurements of a region of colliding magnetic fields about 38,000 miles above Earth. The magnetic collisions, which can potentially disrupt satellites and power grids, are not well understood.”
It continued: “The protective bubble of the Earth’s magnetic field typically deflects high-speed particles from the sun. But an onslaught of particles from a solar explosion can pop the outer layers of the bubble.”
Asked to describe his role in the mission, Martin wrote in an e-mail: “I am the PI and Team leader for one of three Interdisciplinary Science Teams which each received a ten-year research grant from NASA seven years ago to do research in support of MMS. Our mission was to predict what MMS will measure by performing computer simulations of magnetic reconnection, by developing mathematical models to describe the physical processes and to study relevant results from existing spacecraft.”
Martin continued: “MMS is NASA's most complex mission ever. There are over 100 experiments on board each satellite. This kind of "robotic" exploration of space has a much greater scientific payoff than manned exploration of space (such as the space shuttle) and is much more cost effective. The MMS mission will reveal key energization processes triggered by the sun in Earth's magnetic field over many 10's of Earth radii.
“These processes occur explosively and can affect our power grid as well as expose astronauts and pilots to high levels of radiation. The same processes cause the auroral borealis at northern latitudes. We need to know how to predict when they will occur and how much energy will be released from Earth's magnetic fields. The physics that will be learned will be relevant to other venues in which magnetic reconnection occurs such as in astrophysical objects and in harnessing the fusion energy of hydrogen for sustainable energy production far into the future.”
Martin and Helen Goldman, who catch up with old friends on trips home to New York, were at the blastoff at 10:44 PM Thursday.
“It was a Hollywood launch,” Martin wrote. “I was just as thrilled as my 25 family members surrounding me at the lift. My 11-year-old niece Cella Sawyer expressed my feelings perfectly.” Cella wrote:
“THIS IS NOT THE SUN!!! It’s a rocket, and it seriously lit up the ENTIRE SKY!!! Like NO JOKE!!! It is also 11 PM – not the morning!!! This is probably the most AMAZING 5 minutes of my life!!! Thanks Uncle Marty and Congratulations!!!”
Congratulations from all of us, too, Martin and Helen.
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The mission can be followed on NASA various sites:
Great assortment of photos:
Project Scientists (including Martin Goldman)
Launch Schedule for Cape Kennedy:
Tom Moore, a leader of this mission, was a student of Martin’s at Boulder:
Thor A. Larsen
3/13/2015 09:47:26 am
George.. WOW !!
3/13/2015 01:29:31 pm
3/13/2015 01:34:08 pm
Thank you,George, for sharing this.
3/14/2015 01:51:14 am
Everybody should have a favorite president, confident in his [her] leadership abilities, judgment and moral character. A president in whom we especially admire, have faith in, and always trust to do the right thing. Growing up in Queens in the '50's and early '60's, I had my own favorite president. It may surprise you that my favorite president wasn't Roosevelt or Truman. It wasn't Eisenhower or Kennedy. It was Goldman. President Goldman. Not that anyone called him that. We just called him, "Marty."
3/14/2015 04:41:37 am
A footnote: Thor is a classmate and we have re-connected lately. Walter was the editor of the school paper, the Hilltopper, and is a village judge in Westchester and my lawyer and friend. Teresa also worked for the school paper and was a major reason to never cut home room. GV
Alan D. Levine
3/14/2015 08:09:35 am
George--As I told Walter the other day, Marty was in Florida this week to help launch a major NASA project. Had I been in Florida, it would have been to watch a baseball game and drink a couple of beers. Thus, you know why Marty was valedictorian and I finished somewhere in the middle.
3/15/2015 01:36:24 am
Alan, I was in the third quadrant. Not bad in that company. See you. GV
Jean Whte Grenning
3/15/2015 12:15:25 am
3/16/2015 01:52:24 am
Congratulations to Marty. You know he could never make his foul shots.
3/16/2015 02:18:44 am
Add footnotes: Jean White Grenning was the captain of the cheerleaders and senior class president, our leader-for-life.
3/16/2015 02:55:20 am
Thanks so much for letting us know about Marty's most wonderful accomplishment. Hearing about him brought back a memory. He was the Red and Blue candidate for president and I was co-captain of the Independent Party. One afternoon we had a lovely conversation and I left thinking, "Gee, I would really like to vote for this guy!
3/16/2015 05:24:53 am
Footnote: Judy's mom and my mom went to Jamaica together. Lot of history there. GV
3/17/2015 04:42:27 am
3/17/2015 04:59:27 am
Alan, nobody has even mentioned Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Sid Davidoff, Herb London -- at least five of my teammates who became doctors -- and, two years later, Stephen Jay Gould. Four guys from Mrs. Gollobin's chorus became The Cleftones. One of my friends from junior high and Jamaica is a lawyer, an accountant, a musician and, recently, a rabbi. One woman went to med school later and has done great work as a doctor. It was a huge class, many talented men and women. It was the time, it was the place, and it was also the exposure to each other. GV
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