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Workshop 5

“Anthropogenic Climate Destabilization: A Worst-case Scenario”
Participant Biography

September 12–14, 2008 | Bellevue, Washington

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George E. Mueller

Dr. George E. Mueller is the former head of the NASA Apollo project. Mueller led the program that put Americans on the Moon less than seven years after he took over the enterprise. In 1963 Dr. Mueller was asked by the NASA Administrator to lead the manned space flight program, where he was responsible for the Gemini, Apollo, and Saturn projects. The Kennedy Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, and Johnson Space Center reported to him. From the beginning of Gemini flight operations in 1963 through the second Apollo Moon landing in 1969, he directed the US manned flight program.

His leadership made possible the achievement of the national goal set in 1961: the landing of men on the Moon and their safe return to Earth by the end of the decade. To accomplish this goal, he merged the diverse activities of academia, industry, and NASA into a concerted effort, and to direct this effort, developed one of the most sophisticated and successful management systems ever devised. Throughout the good and the bad days of the Apollo Program, George Mueller inspired industry, NASA, the citizenry, and the legislative and executive branches of the government to overcome adversity and meet the challenge of the Apollo Program.
George Mueller was also the originator of Skylab, the world’s first space station, and the “Father of the Space Shuttle.” He is the author of the post-Apollo plan, “An Integrated Program of Space Utilization and Exploration,” which has been the guiding document for NASA for the past several decades.

Dr. Mueller has also served as Senior Vice President of the General Dynamics Corporation (1969–1971) and as Chairman and President of System Development Corporation, a developer of software systems for the US Air Force (1971–1983). He has served as both CEO (1995–2003) and Chairman (2003–2006) of Kistler Aerospace Corporation.

He is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Academy of Engineering, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (of which he is a Fellow), the American Geophysical Union, the American Astronautical Society, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the Royal Aeronautical Society, and the French Academy of Astronautics. He is an honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and of the British Interplanetary Society. He is Past President of the International Academy of Astronautics.

Mueller has received honorary doctorates from six universities. His numerous awards include three NASA Distinguished Service Medals, the American Astronautical Society Space Flight Award, the Eugene Sanger Award, the Yuri Gagaran Space Award, and the Goddard Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He was awarded the National Medal of Science for his many individual contributions to the design of the Apollo system, including the planning and interpretation of a large array of advanced experiments necessary to ensure the success of this venture into a new and unknown environment.