Edward C. Stone

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Edward C. Stone
Stone Voyager 4c.jpg
Stone with a Voyager model in 1992
Born Edward Carroll Stone
January 23, 1936 (1936-01-23) (age 78)
Knoxville, Iowa, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Chicago (M.S., Ph.D.)
Occupation professor, physicist
Known for JPL director and Voyager scientist

Edward Carroll Stone (born January 23, 1936)[1] is an American space scientist, professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology, and former director of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Stone was born in Knoxville, Iowa. After receiving his undergraduate education at Iowa's Burlington Junior College, Stone attended the University of Chicago where he earned his MS and Ph.D. in physics. Stone's astrophysics career goes back to his first cosmic-ray experiments on Discoverer satellites in 1961. He then joined the staff of Caltech as a research fellow, and became a full faculty member in 1967.

He was named professor of physics in 1976, and was chair of the Division of Physics, Mathematics, and Astronomy from 1983 to 1988. He has also served as director of the Caltech Space Radiation Laboratory, and as vice president for Astronomical Facilities. He is currently the Morrisroe Professor of Physics[4] and the vice-chair of the Thirty Meter Telescope Board of Directors.[5]

As project scientist for the unmanned Voyager spacecraft missions to the outer Solar System since 1972, and a major spokesman for the Voyager science team, he became especially well-known to the public in the 1980s. He has since been principal investigator on nine NASA spacecraft missions and coinvestigator on five more.

JPL director[edit]

Ed Stone receives an award from Nichelle Nichols on the 30th anniversary of the Voyager launches, 2007

Stone was the director of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California from 1991 to 2001. During his tenure, the Mars Pathfinder and its Sojourner rover were successful. Other JPL missions in the period included Mars Global Surveyor, Deep Space 1, TOPEX/Poseidon, NASA Scatterometer (NSCAT)[6] and the launches of Cassini, Stardust, and 2001 Mars Odyssey.

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edward C. Stone personal website
  2. ^ Streeter, Kurt (April 14, 2011). "A new frontier in quest to understand the cosmos". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ JPL biography
  4. ^ JPL: Profile of Edward Stone
  5. ^ TMT Board of Directors
  6. ^ F. Naderi, M. H. Freilich, and D. G. Long, Spaceborne Radar Measurement of Wind Velocity Over the Ocean--An Overview of the NSCAT Scatterometer System, Proceedings of the IEEE, pp. 850-866, Vol. 79, No. 6, June 1991,

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