Dr. Dale Smith

Dr. Dale Smith

Professor and Planetarium Director

Department of Physics & Astronomy
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Office: 110 PSLB
Voice: 419-372-8666
FAX: 419-372-9938


  • A.B., Colgate University, 1970
  • M.S., University of Washington, 1973
  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 1978


  • Planetarium Education
  • Planetarium Astronomy

Dr. Dale Smith is Planetarium Director at BGSU. Since coming to BGSU in 1983, he has overseen the development of the Planetarium and has created many of its public programs. He teaches a variety of courses in the Physics and Astronomy Department, supervises the department's stargaze program, and conducts the planetarium's public programs as well as its programs for school classes and other visiting groups.

He served as President of the International Planetarium Society (IPS) in 1999-2000, was co-organizer of the 2001 conference Sri Lankan Skies and Sir Arthur held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and currently serves as IPS Publications Chair and Editor of IPS Directories. He served as President of the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA) from 1990-1994, hosted GLPA's annual conference in 1988, and has edited GLPA's annual conference Proceedings since 1988. He is an active member of the Cleveland Regional Association of Planetariums (CRAP) and has served as Ohio planetarium chair since 1984. He is co-editor of the book Planetarium: A Challenge for Educators, published by the United Nations in 1992 for International Space Year.

Prior to coming to BGSU, Dr. Smith served on the faculties at Colgate University (1981-1983), Western Washington University (1980-1981), and Bellevue Community College (1977-1980).

His research interests have included measuring the quantity of aerosol particles in the atmosphere of Jupiter and measuring how asteroids reflect visible and infrared light.

He is an avid traveler and photographer whose slide collection is nearing one hundred thousand images and whose passport bears stamps of about fifty countries and all seven continents. Among his favorite destinations are the Polar Regions and the Grand Canyon.