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Biographical Data



NAME: Joseph P. Kerwin (Captain, MC, USN) NASA Astronaut
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born February 19,1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. His mother, Mrs. Edward M. Kerwin, resides in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 6 feet; weight: 177 pounds.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Illinois, in 1949; received a bachelor of arts degree in Philosophy from College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1953; a doctor of medicine degree from Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, in 1957; completed internship at the District of Columbia General Hospital in Washington, D.C.; and attended the U.S. Navy School of Aviation Medicine at Pensacola, Florida, and was designated a naval flight surgeon in December 1958.

MARITAL STATUS:
Married to the former Shirley Ann Good of Danville, Pennsylvania.

CHILDREN:
Sharon, September 14, 1963; Joanna, January 5, 1966; Kristina, May 4, 1968.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS:
His hobbies are reading and classical music.

ORGANIZATIONS:
Fellow of the Aerospace Medical Association; member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

SPECIAL HONORS:

EXPERIENCE:
Kerwin, a Captain, has been in the Navy Medical Corps since July 1958. He earned his wings at Beeville, Texas, in 1962.

He has logged 4,500 hours flying time.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Captain Kerwin was selected as a scientist-astronaut by NASA in June 1965.

Kerwin served as science-pilot for the Skylab 2 (SL-2) mission which launched on May 25 and terminated on June 22, 1973. With him for the initial activation and 28-day night qualification operations of the Skylab orbital workshop were Charles Conrad, Jr., (spacecraft commander) and Paul J. Weitz (pilot).

Kerwin was subsequently in charge of the on-orbit branch of the Astronaut Office. In this capacity, he coordinated astronaut activity involving rendezvous, satellite deployment and retrieval, and other Shuttle payload operations.

From April 1982 until December 1983, Kerwin served as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's senior science representative in Australia. In this capacity, he served as liaison between NASA's Office of Space Tracking and Data Systems and Australia's Department of Science and Technology.

CURRENT ASSIGNMENT:
Dr. Kerwin is currently Director, Space and Life Sciences, Johnson Space Center. In this capacity, he is responsible for direction and coordination of medical support to operational manned spacecraft programs, including health care and maintenance of the astronauts and their families; for direction of life services, supporting research and light experiment project; and manages JSC earth sciences and scientific efforts in lunar and planetary research.

ARCHIVAL BIOGRAPHY LAST UPDATED FEBRUARY 1984


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