Frederick I. Ordway III

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Frederick I. Ordway III
Born (1927-04-04)April 4, 1927[1]
New York City
Died July 1, 2014(2014-07-01) (aged 87)
Huntsville, Alabama
Fields Aerospace engineering
Institutions -1960 Army Ballistic Missile Agency
1960-1963 Marshall Space Flight Center space systems information
University of Alabama in Huntsville professor
Known for Space advocacy, Technical consultant to 2001: A Space Odyssey[2]
Spouse Maria Victoria Ordway (1950-2012)[3]

Frederick Ira Ordway III (April 4, 1927 – July 1, 2014) was an American space scientist and author of visionary books on spaceflight.

Ordway was educated at Harvard University and completed several years of graduate study at the University of Paris and other universities in Europe. He owned a large collection of original paintings depicting astronautical themes. He was a member of many leading professional societies and was the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books and over three hundred articles.[4]

As scientific consultant, he was part of the production team of 2001: A Space Odyssey.[5][6]

At the time of his death he was the longest-serving member of the American Rocket Society which he joined in 1939.[5][7] Ordway served as a member of the faculty at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) from 1970 to 1973, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by UAH in 1992.


  • Braun, Wernher von (Estate of); Ordway III, Frederick I & Dooling, David Jr. (1985) [1975]. Space Travel: A History. New York: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-181898-4. 
  • Ordway, Frederick I, III; Sharpe, Mitchell R (1979). The Rocket Team. Apogee Books Space Series 36. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. ISBN 1-894959-00-0. 
  • Ordway, Frederick I, III; Ernst Stuhlinger, Wernher von Braun (1994). Crusader for Space: A Biographical Memoir. Malabar, Florida: Krieger Publishing Company. 

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