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Burt Edelson papers

 Collection — Container: 1
Identifier: MS-0651

Scope and Contents

These are the professional and personal papers of Burton I. Edelson, who was a commander of the United States Navy, the Associate Administrator for Space Sciences and Applications at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Director for the Institute for Applied Research at the George Washington University.


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Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Burton Edelson was a noted pioneer in space research and aeronautic science. He was integral to the creation of the Galileo Probe to Jupiter, the Advanced Communications Technology Satellite and the Hubble Telescope while working at the National Aeronatics and Space Administration (NASA) in the 1980s. Edelson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1947 and received both his M.S. and Ph.D in metallurgy from Yale University. He served as a commander in the Navy until his retirement in 1967, when he joined Comsat Corporation as a deputy director. He later became its director in 1972 and left the company in 1982. From 1982-1986, he was the Associate Administrator for Space Science and Applications at NASA. He retired from NASA in 1986 to join the Foreign Policy Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He also founded the Institute for Applied Space Research at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the George Washington University.

Burt Edelson died on January 6, 2002 at the age of 75.


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Custodial History

These papers were donated to Special Collections by Betty Edelson, the wife of the creator, Burton Edelson, in July 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was gifted by Betty Edelson in July 2005.

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