Brian Todd O'Leary
(January 27, 1940 – July 28, 2011) was an American
scientist, author, and former NASA astronaut
. He was a member of the sixth group
of astronauts selected by NASA in August 1967. The members of this group of eleven were known as the scientist
-astronauts, intended to train for the Apollo Applications Program
- a follow-on to the Apollo Program
, which was ultimately canceled. In later life he became an advocate of utilizing exotic energy sources to resolve humanity’s energy problems.
O’Leary was born and raised in Boston
, and credits a teenage visit to Washington, D.C.
with inspiring the patriotism that drove his efforts to become an astronaut. Climbing the Matterhorn
, running the Boston Marathon
and becoming an Eagle Scout
were among his pre-astronautic activities. O’Leary had two children.
O’Leary graduated from Belmont High School
, Belmont, Massachusetts, in 1957; received a bachelor of arts degree in physics from Williams College
in 1961, a masters of arts in Astronomy from Georgetown University
in 1964, and a doctor of philosophy in astronomy from the University of California at Berkeley
O’Leary became a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
in 1975. Other organizations are: 1970-1976, secretary of the American Geophysical Union’s
Planetology Section; 1977, team leader of the Asteroidal Resources Group, NASA Ames Summer Study on Space... Read More