Edward C. STONE

Dr. Edward C. Stone (born 23 January 1936) is the winner of the IAF World Space Award 2013. Dr Stone is an exceptional leader and inspirational figure in the field of space science. He earned his MS and Ph.D. in physics at the University of Chicago in 1964, and in 1972 was appointed Project Scientist for NASA’s Voyager mission, which brought his name into the public domain. Voyagers 1 and 2 were launched in 1977, and recently made headline news as Voyager 1 is thought to be nearing the solar system’s edge. In 1991 Dr Stone was appointed Director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a position he held for 10 years. In the same year he was also awarded the National Medal of Science, an award bestowed by the President of the United States. During his time at NASA, Dr Stone became the principal investigator of numerous high-profile missions. In addition to his prolific work with NASA, he has also been a member of the US National Academy of Sciences since 1986, the International Academy of Astronautics (of which he was president form 2003-2009), COSPAR (as Vice –President and US representative), the IAF and many more organisations, making him both a prestigious and highly involved member of the space community. In 2007 Dr Stone was awarded the Philip J Klaas Award for Lifetime Achievement. Currently, he holds the position of Morrisroe Professor of physics at Caltech.