William H. Pickering

William H. Pickering (1910- )

William H. Pickering (1910-2004 ) obtained his bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering, then a Ph.D. in physics from Caltech before becoming a professor of electrical engineering there in 1946. In 1944 he organized the electronics efforts at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to support guided missile research and development, becoming project manager for Corporal, the first operational missile JPL developed. From 1954 to 1976 he was director of JPL, which developed the first U.S. satellite (Explorer I), the first successful U.S. circumlunar space probe (Pioneer IV), the Mariner flights to Venus and Mars in the early to mid-1960s, the Ranger photographic missions to the moon in 1964-65, and the Surveyor lunar landings of 1966-67. See ³William H. Pickering," biographical file, NASA Historical Reference Collection, NASA History Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC. or go to a good private site about Pickering.


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