Frederick I. Ordway III

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Frederick I. Ordway III
Born 1927
Fields Aerospace engineering

-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 [1]

Frederick Ira Ordway III is a space scientist and well-known author of visionary books on spaceflight. He owns a large collection of original paintings depicting astronautical themes. Ordway was educated at Harvard and completed several years of graduate study at the University of Paris and other universities in Europe. He is a member of many leading professional societies and is the author, co-author, or editor of more than thirty books and over three hundred articles.

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

Around 1939 he was a member of the American Rocket Society.[2]


  • 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. 

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ordway, Frederick I. (1982). "2001: A Space Odyssey in Retrospect". In Eugene M. Emme. American Astronautical Society History Series SCIENCE FICTION AND SPACE FUTURES: PAST AND PRESENT 5. pp. 47–105. ISBN 0-87703-172-X. Retrieved 2008-09-22. 
  2. ^ "Ordway Collection Reflects Life Working Toward Space Exploration". Harvard College Library news. President and Fellows of Harvard College. Retrieved 2008-10-13.