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Piers Sellers. Portrait of Dr Piers J. Sellers, born 1955, English biometeorologist and qualified NASA astronaut. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1976, and in 1981 he completed a PhD in biometeorology at Leeds University, England. He received the NASA Excepti- onal Scientific Achievement Award in 1994, and the American Meteorological Society Houghton Award in 1997. Sellers completed over 1200 hours as a pilot collecting data for models of the interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere. This was mainly done at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1996 he trained as an astronaut at the NASA Johnson Space Center, qualifying in 1998.
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