Distinguished Achievement Award Winner
Thomas H. Marshburn, MD '89
Thomas H. Marshburn, MD '89, is a NASA astronaut who returned from his most recent space mission in May 2013.
Dr. Marshburn graduated from Davidson College with a degree in physics in 1982, and went on to earn two master's degrees, one from the University of Virginia and another from the University of Texas Medical Branch, in addition to his medical degree.
After working in Texas and Massachusetts as an emergency room physician, the Statesville, N.C., native came to the Johnson Space Center in 1994 as a flight surgeon. In 2004, he was selected by NASA to enter astronaut training, which he completed in February 2006, and his first space mission was aboard the shuttle Endeavor in July 2009.
In 2012, Dr. Marshburn served as part of a collaborative venture among five International Space Station partners: NASA and the Russian, Canadian, European and Japanese space agencies. The mission delivered Flight Engineer Marshburn and two colleagues to the space station, where, with two others, they performed a series of experiments and maintained the space station from December 2012 until May 2013.
He has been honored with the NASA Superior Achievement Award, the Space and Life Sciences Division Special Space Flight Achievement Award (twice), and the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Superior Achievement Award.
Marshburn lives in Pearland, Texas, with his wife, Ann, and they have one daughter.