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]
SpouseMaria Victoria Ordway (1950-2012)[3]
Scientific career
FieldsAerospace engineering

Frederick Ira Ordway III (4 April 1927 – 1 July 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 that 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; ————; Dooling, David (1985) [1975]. Space Travel: A History. New York City: Harper & Row. ISBN 978-0-0618-1898-1. OL 2550771M – via Internet Archive.
  • ————; Sharpe, Mitchell R. (1979). The Rocket Team. Apogee Books Space Series. Vol. 36. New York City: Thomas Y. Crowell Co. ISBN 978-1-894959-00-1. OCLC 1132673550.
  • ————; Stuhlinger, Ernst; Braun, Wernher von (1994). Wernher von Braun, Crusader for Space: A Biographical Memoir. Malabar, Florida: Krieger. ISBN 978-0-8946-4980-6. OCLC 1080748631.
  • ————; Godwin, Robert (2014). 2001 The Heritage & Legacy of the Space Odyssey. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Prime. ISBN 978-1-9268373-2-1. OCLC 951228347.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Frederick I. Ordway III". The Huntsville Times. 2014-07-01. Archived from the original on 2022-05-09. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  2. ^ ———— (1982). "2001: A Space Odyssey in Retrospect". In Emme, Eugene M. (ed.). Science Fiction and Space Futures: Past and Present. American Astronautical Society History Series. Vol. 5. pp. 47–105. ISBN 978-0-8770-3172-7. OL 8110130M. Archived from the original on 2022-04-01. Retrieved 2008-09-22.
  3. ^ "House Joint Resolution 161, Mourning the Death of Mrs. Maria Victoria Ordway" (PDF). Alabama House of Representatives. 2012-02-28. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-07-14. Retrieved 2014-07-02.
  4. ^ "Frederick I. Ordway III: 1927–2014". National Space Society. Archived from the original on 2015-07-12. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  5. ^ a b Galloway, Drew (2014-07-01). "Space pioneer & author Fred Ordway dies at 87". WHNT-TV. Huntsville, Alabama. Archived from the original on 2022-05-10. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  6. ^ Huggins, Paul (2014-07-01). "Fred Ordway, technical adviser for '2001: A Space Odyssey', von Braun associate dies at Huntsville home". The Huntsville Times. Archived from the original on 2021-10-28. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  7. ^ "Ordway Collection Reflects Life Working Toward Space Exploration". Harvard College Library News. President and Fellows of Harvard College. 2006-10-12. Archived from the original on 2012-12-11. Retrieved 2008-10-13.

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