Declan De Paor

Dr. Declan De Paor served as a professor of geophysics in the Department of Physics and the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Old Dominion Univeristy (ODU) from 2008 until his retirement in January 2017. Dr. De Paor also served as the director of ODU’s Pretlow Planetarium.

Personal Life and Service to the University

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Dr. De Paor received his Bachelor of Science from the National University of Ireland in Dublin as well as a Master of Science and Ph. D. from National University of Ireland in Cork. Prior to arriving at ODU, Dr. De Paor served as a professor at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, Boston University, and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, among others. Always wanting to inspire his students, Dr. De Paor won the 2014 Teaching with Technology Award in 2014 for using Google Glass in the classroom. He was the recipient of a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to develop virtual Google Earth expeditions for students as well as a patent for a mechanical device to draw ellipses. He was married to Carol Simpson, who served as the former Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at ODU from 2008-2015.


  1. Walzer, Phil, “Retired Geophysics Professor Declan De Paor Dies,” News @ ODU, 2018 June , accessed 2018 June 1.