National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058
NAME: William F. Fisher (M.D.)
- NASA Astronaut
- Born April 1, 1946, in Dallas, Texas. His parents,
retired Air Force Colonel and Mrs. Russell F. Fisher, reside in Winter Park,
- Brown hair; brown eyes; height: 5 feet 10 inches;
weight: 170 pounds.
- Graduated from North Syracuse Central High School, North Syracuse,
New York, in 1964; received a bachelor of arts from Stanford University in
1968, and a doctorate in Medicine from the University of Florida in 1975. He
did graduate work in biology at the University of Florida from 1969 to 1971,
and did graduate work in Engineering at the University of Houston from 1978 to
- Married to the former Anna L. Tingle of St. Albans, New
York. Her mother, Mrs. Elfreide Tingle, resides in San Pedro, California.
Her father, Mr. Riley F. Tingle, is deceased.
- Kristin Anne, July 29, 1983, Kara Lynne, January 10, 1989.
- Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine and a
member of the American College of Emergency Physicians.
- American Astronautical Society Victor A. Prather Award for
Outstanding Achievement in the field of Extravehicular Activity (1985), the FAI
Komarov Diploma (1985), the NASA Space Flight Medal (1985), and the NASA
Exceptional Service Medal (1988). Dr. Fisher has also received Group
Achievement Awards for EMU and MMU Development (1983), and for Payload Assist
Module (PAM) Software Development and Vehicle Integration (1983). In 1986 he
was named an ad hoc member of the U.S. Air Force Scientific Advisory Board, and
was appointed a member of the NASA Medicine Policy Board in 1987.
- After medical school, Dr. Fisher completed a surgical residency
from 1975 to 1977 at UCLA's Harbor General Hospital in Torrance, California.
He entered private practice in emergency medicine from 1977 to 1980, while
serving as an instructor in medicine at the University of South Florida. Dr.
Fisher is currently practicing emergency medicine at a hospital in the greater
Houston area in conjunction with his astronaut duties
He has logged over 2,000 hours in prop, rotary-wing, jet aircraft and
- Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 1980, Dr.
fisher became an astronaut in August 1981. His technical assignments to date
have included: scientific equipment operator for high altitude research on the
WB57-F aircraft (1980-1981); astronaut medical support for the first four
Shuttle missions (1980-1982); astronaut office representative for
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (space suit) and Extravehicular Activity (EVA)
procedures and development, including thermal vacuum testing of the suit
(1981-1984); astronaut office representative for the Payload Assist Module
(PAM-D) procedures and development (1982-1983); astronaut office representative
for Shuttle Mission Simulator (SMS) development (1983); support crewman for
STS-8; CAPCOM for STS-8 and STS-9; Remote Manipulator System (RMS) hardware and
software development team (1983); Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) development
team (1983); deputy director of NASA Government-furnished and
Contractor-furnished equipment (1982-1983); Chief of Astronaut Public
Appearances (1985-1987); Head, Astronaut Office Space Station Manned Systems
Dr. Fisher was a mission specialist on STS 51-I which launched from Kennedy
Space Center, Florida, on August 27, 1985. The mission was acknowledged as the
most successful Space Shuttle mission yet flown. The crew deployed three
communications satellites, the Navy SYNCOM IV-4, the Australian AUSSAT, and
American Satellite Company's ASC-1. The crew also performed a successful
on-orbit rendezvous with the ailing 15,400 lb SYNCOM IV-3 satellite, and two
EVA's (space walks) by Dr. Fisher and Dr. van Hoften to repair it, including
the longest space walk in history. STS 51-I completed 112 orbits of the Earth
before landing at Edwards Air Force Base, California, on September 3, 1985.
With the completion of this flight Dr. Fisher has logged over 170 hours in
space, including 11 hours and 52 minutes of Extravehicular Activity.
- In addition to training for future space flight, Dr.
Fisher currently serves as the Astronaut Office representative on space crew
selection and standards for Space Station.
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