Louis Friedman

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Louis Friedman
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Planetary Society founders: Louis Friedman standing left
Born Louis Dill Friedman
(1941-07-07) July 7, 1941 (age 76)
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Fields astronautics, engineering
Institutions AVCO, The Planetary Society, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data (1971)

Louis Dill Friedman (born July 7, 1941) is an American astronautics engineer and space spokesperson. He was born in New York and raised in the Bronx.[1] Dr. Friedman was a co-founder of The Planetary Society with Carl Sagan and Bruce C. Murray.

Education and career[edit]

In 1961, he earned his Bachelor of Science in applied mathematics and engineering physics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1963, he graduated at Cornell University with a Masters of Science in engineering mechanics. In 1971, he graduated with a Ph.D. from the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis entitled, Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data.[2]

He worked for AVCO Space Systems Division from 1963 to 1968. From 1970 through 1980, he was with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) leading the Advanced Planetary Studies and the post-Viking Mars Program.[3] Other projects at the JPL include Mariner-Venus-Mercury, Planetary Grand Tour (Voyager), Venus Orbital Imaging Radar (Magellan probe), Halley's Comet Rendezvous-Solar Sail, and the Mars Program.[2]

Projects, Print, and Speeches[edit]



  1. ^ Marquis Who's Who, Inc (1984). Who's who in Frontier Science and Technology. 1. Marquis Who's Who. ISSN 0749-2324. Retrieved 2015-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b The Planetary Society
  3. ^ a b "The Space Show hosted by: Dr. David Livingston". thespaceshow.com. Retrieved 2015-01-04.