Robert Vice is an avid astronomer/photographer born and raised in Southwest Missouri. His passion for astronomy started at an early age. Armed with a small telescope, he spent many nights studying the stars. When he was 9, he met a local retired science teacher who took him under his wing and introduced him to astrophotography. He spent countless nights using an 8” Schmidt Cassegrain telescope and a 35mm film camera to image the heavens. Later he was introduced to using a dark room where he could develop and print the pictures he took.
Robert attended Missouri Southern State College and worked on a degree in Music Education prior to changing to Law Enforcement, and then attended the MSSC Police Academy. He returned to MSSU in 2003 to earn a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice Administration, and Associate in Law Enforcement with a minor in music.
Robert's professional career began in law enforcement at the local Sheriff’s Department. His career path then led to the Radio and Communications Division of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Missouri Division of Motor Carrier Services as a Senior Investigator, and a company in Joplin, MO as a Safety / Risk Management Specialist. Today Robert is responsible for the safety training of over 65 companies throughout several states and is also an instructor in First Aid, CPR and AED. Besides working as a Safety / Risk Management Specialist. He is also the Chief of Police in the town where he and his wife and children live.
Robert's work in astronomy outreach started in high school, where he was part of a group that helped raise money to construct the Stilabower Public Observatory. Throughout his Lamar High School years, he was responsible for operating the observatory and giving presentations to classmates and the public.
Currently, Robert spends a great deal of time working on his astrophotography techniques as well as teaching others to achieve their best.