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National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center
Houston, Texas 77058

Biographical Data

NAME: William A. Anders (Major General, USAF Reserve)
NASA Astronaut

Born October 17, 1933, in Hong Kong; his parents, Commander (USN Retired) and Mrs. Arthur F. Anders, now reside in La Mesa, California.

Brown hair; blue eyes; height: 5 feet 8 inches; weight: 155 pounds.

Received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1955 and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in 1962. Completed the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program in 1979.

Married to the former Valerie E. Hoard of Lemon Grove, California, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry G. Hoard, of Oceanside, California.

Alan, February 1957; Glen, July 1958; Gayle, December 1960; Gregory, December 1962; Eric, July 1964; Diana, August 1972.

Hobbies are fishing, flying, camping, water and cross-country skiing, and he also enjoys soccer.

Member of Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, American Nuclear Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and other professional organizations.

Distinguished Service Medals from the Air Force, NASA and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; Air Force Commendation Medal; National Geographic Society's Hubbard Medal for Exploration; Collier, Harmon, Goddard and White Trophies; and the American Astronautical Society's Flight Achievement Award. He has been awarded several honorary doctoral degrees.

Anders was commissioned in the Air Force after graduation from the Naval Academy and served as a fighter pilot in all-weather interception squadrons of the Air Defense Command and later was responsible for technical management of nuclear power reactor shielding and radiation effects programs while at the Air Force Weapons Laboratory in New Mexico.

In 1964, Anders was selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as an astronaut with responsibilities for dosimetry, radiation effects and environmental controls. He was backup pilot for the Gemini XI and Apollo 11 flights, and was "lunar module" pilot for Apollo 8, the first lunar orbit mission in December 1968. He has logged more than 5,000 hours flying time.

From June 1969 to 1973 he served as Executive Secretary for the National Aeronautics and Space Council, which was responsible to the President, Vice President and Cabinet-level members of the Council for developing policy options concerning research, development, operations and planning of aeronautical and space systems.

On August 6, 1973, Anders was appointed to the five-member Atomic Energy Commission where he was lead commissioner for all nuclear and nonnuclear power Research and Development. He was also named as US Chairman of the joint US/USSR technology exchange program for nuclear fision and fusion power.

Following the reorganization of national nuclear regulatory and developmental activities on January19, 1975, Anders was named by President Ford to become the first Chairman of the newly established Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC)responsible for nuclear safety and environmental compatibility. At the completion of his term as NRC Chairman, Anders was appointed US Ambassador to Norway and held that position until 1977.

Anders left the federal government after 26 years of service and after briefly serving as a Fellow of the American Enterprise Institute he joined the General Electric Company in September 1977 as Vice President and General Manager of the Nuclear Products Division in San Jose, CA. In this position he was responsible for the manufacture of nuclear fuel, reactor internal equipment, and control and instrumentation for GE boiling water reactors at facilities in San Jose and Wilmington, NC. In addition, he had responsibility for the GE partnership arrangement with Chicago Bridge and Iron for the manufacture of large steel pressure vessels in Memphis, TN. In August 1979, Anders was placed on special assignment to attend the Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

On January 1, 1980, Anders was appointed General Manager of the General Electric Aircraft Equipment Division with headquarters in Utica, NY. With more than 8500 employees in five plant locations in the Northeastern US, the Aircraft Equipment Division products include aircraft flight and weapon control systems, cockpit instruments, aircraft electrical generating systems, airborne radars and data processing systems, electronic countermeasures, space command systems, and aircraft/surface multibarrel armament systems. He is also a consultant to the Office of Science and Technology Policy; a member of the Defense Science Board and the NASA Advisory Council; a Major General in the USAF Reserve assigned to the office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Research and Development in the Pentagon; and a Director of the Congressional Awards Program.


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