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Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data



NAME: Brian Todd O'Leary (PhD)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born January 27, 1940, in Boston, Massachusetts.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:

EDUCATION:
Received bachelor of arts degree in physics from Williams College (1961); master of arts in astronomy from Georgetown University (1964); and doctorate in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley (1967). His Master's thesis was on the Martian atmosphere, and his doctoral thesis dealt with the optical properties of Mars.

MARITAL STATUS:
Divorced.

CHILDREN:
Two.

RECREATIONAL INTERESTS:

ORGANIZATIONS:
Co-founder, International Association for New Science

SPECIAL HONORS:
NASA Outstanding Group Achievement Award as Deputy Team Leader of the Mariner 10 Venus-Mercury Television Science Team. For The Making of an ex-Astronaut, Houghton Mifflin, 1970 Dr. O'Leary received the ALA Best Young Adult book award.

EXPERIENCE:
He was an assistant professor at Hampshire College, and later became a special consultant on nuclear energy matters from the Committee on the Interior, U.S. House of Representatives. He was on the research faculty in the Department of Physics at Princeton University. He was (1985) a senior scientist at Science Applications International Corp., and Chairman of the National Space Council under the Aerospace Eudcation Association.

Faculty member at UC Berkeley, Cornell University, California Institute of Technology, and Princeton University.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Was chosen with the sixth group of astronauts in 1967. He resigned from NASA in 1968 for personal reasons and took a position on the Cornell University staff. Served as the only planetary scientist in the NASA astronaut corps during the Apollo program. Deputy team leader, NASA Mariner 10 Venus-Mercury television science team.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Faculty member at UC Berkeley, Cornell University, California Institute of Technology, and Princeton University. Author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles in the field of planetary science and astronautics. Currently a writer and lecturer on the future opportunities in space exploration and the transformation of science. Dr. O'Leary's books include Mars 1999, Exploring Inner and Outer Space, and The Second Coming of Science.

ARCHIVAL BIOGRAPHY UPDATED 1999


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