Frederick I. Ordway III

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

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; Ordway, Frederick; Dooling, David (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. ^ "Frederick I. Ordway III Obituary". The Huntsville Times. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Ordway, Frederick I. (1982). "2001: A Space Odyssey in Retrospect". In Emme, Eugene M. (ed.). American Astronautical Society History Series SCIENCE FICTION AND SPACE FUTURES: PAST AND PRESENT. 5. pp. 47–105. ISBN 0-87703-172-X. Retrieved September 22, 2008.
  3. ^ "House Joint Resolution 161, Mourning the Death of Mrs. Maria Victoria Ordway" (PDF). Alabama House of Representatives. February 28, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Frederick I. Ordway III, National Space Society Board of Governors". National Space Society. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Galloway, Drew (July 1, 2014). "Space pioneer & author Fred Ordway dies at 87". Huntsville, AL: WHNT-TV. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  6. ^ Huggins, Paul (July 1, 2014). "Fred Ordway, technical adviser for '2001: A Space Odyssey', von Braun associate dies at Huntsville home". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  7. ^ "Ordway Collection Reflects Life Working Toward Space Exploration". Harvard College Library News. President and Fellows of Harvard College. October 12, 2006. Retrieved October 13, 2008.

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