National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: Philip Kenyon Chapman (ScD)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born March 5, 1935, in Melbourne, Australia;
his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Colin R. Chapman, reside now in Sydney, N.S.W., Australia.
- Blond hair; blue eyes; height:
5 feet 11 inches; weight: 175 pounds.
- Graduated from Parramatta High School in
Parramatta, N.S.W., Australia; received a bachelor of science
degree in Physics and Mathematics from Sydney University in
1956; and, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
received a master of science degree in Aeronautics and
Astronautics in 1964 and a Doctorate of Science in Instrumentation in 1967.
- Married to the former Pamela Gatenby,
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gatenby of Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
- Peter Hume, November 20, 1960; Kristen de Querilleau,
October 31, 1968.
- Enjoys oil painting, skiing, swimming,
sailing, and playing squash.
- Senior member of the American Astronautical
Society; and member of the Australian National Antarctic Research
Expedition (ANARE) Club, the American Association for the Advancement
of Science, the American Physical Society, and the American Institute
of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
- Recipient of the British Polar Medal.
- Chapman served with the Royal Australian Air Force
Reserve from 1953 to 1955. From 1956 to 1957, he worked for Philips
Electronics Industries Proprietary Limited in Sydney, Australia. He
then joned the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (IGY)
serving for two years as an auroral/radio physicist.
From 1960 to 1961, he was an electro-optics staff engineer in flight
simulators for Canadian Aviation Electronics Limited in Dorval,
Quebec. His next assignment was as a staff physicist at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he worked in
electro-optics, inertial systems, and gravitational theory
until the summer of 1967.
He has logged 1,000 hours flying time in jet aircraft.
- Dr. Chapman was selected as a
scientist-astronaut by NASA in August 1967. After initial
academic training and a 53-week course in flight training at
Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, he was involved in preparations
for lunar missions, serving in particular as mission scientist
for the Apollo 14 mission. Because of the lack of space flight
opportunities for scientist-astronauts in the 1967 intake, Dr.
Chapman left NASA in July 1972. He is now with Arthur D. Little
Company, Inc., Cambridge,Massachusetts.
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