John Edgar Ainsworth

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John Edgar Ainsworth
Born(1920-06-28)June 28, 1920
DiedSeptember 30, 2004(2004-09-30) (aged 84)
Silver Spring, MD
EducationWestminster MD High School 1938, St. John’s College in Annapolis 1938-41, left before graduating to enlist in the Army one week after Pearl Harbor, went to Harvard University on the GI Bill, 1946-47
Alma materUniversity of Maryland
Spouse(s)Anne Elizabeth Kidder (1924-2015), married 8-27-52 in Berkeley CA
ChildrenMartha (1955-), Julie (1956-), Paul (1959-)
Parent(s)Rev John Edgar Ainsworth and Clara Eva Donsife
AwardsNASA Exceptional Service Medal
Goddard Special Achievement Award

John Edgar Ainsworth (June 28, 1920 – September 30, 2004)[1] was a physicist and polymath who worked for NASA.[2] Ainsworth was the primary designer of the Pioneer Venus probe.[3]


  1. ^ "John Ainsworth (1920-2004)"
  2. ^ Sullivan, Patricia (3 October 2004). "John E. Ainsworth, 84, Dies; Physicist, Polymath". The Washington post. Retrieved 21 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Goddard Retirees and Alumni Association". NASA. Retrieved 21 May 2013.