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Engineer , space agency administrator

Thomas PAINE, American scientist-executive. Medal NASA 1970; Medal 1976; Medal, Institute. Board of directors, several cos.; National Academy Engineering.


PAINE, Thomas was born on November 9, 1921 in Berkeley, California, United States. Son of Cdre. George Thomas Paine, United States.N. and Ada Louise Otten Paine.


Bachelor of Arts in Engineering, Brown University, 1942. Master of Science in Physical Metallurgy, Stanford, 1947. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1949.


Research associate, Stanford University, 1947-1949;with, General Electric Company, 1949-1968, 70-76;with, General Electric Research Laboratory, Schenectadymanager Center Advanced Studies, Santa Barbara, California, 1963-1968;vice president, group executive power generation, 1970-1973;senior vice president science and technical, 1973-1976;president, director, Northrop Corporation, Los Angeles, 1976-1982;chairman, Thomas Paine Associations, Los Angeles, from 1982;chairman, National Commision on Space, 1984-1986. Deputy administrator, then administrator National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1968-1970. Director NIKE, Quotron Systems, Orbital Sciences.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to technical publications. Co-inventor lodex R magnets.


Board directors Pacific Forum, Honolulu, Planetary Society, Pasadena. Served to lieutenant United States Naval Reserve, World World War World War II. Fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Member National Academy Engineering, New York Academy of Sciences, American Physical Society, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, United States Naval Institute, American Astronautical Society (John F. Kennedy Astronautics award 1987), Explorers Club (New York City), Lotos Club (New York City), Sky Club (New York City), Cosmos Club (Washington), California Club (Los Angeles), Regency Club (Los Angeles), Sigma Xi.


  • Other Interests

    Sailing, beachcombing, skin diving, photography, book collecting and oil painting.


Married Barbara Helen Taunton Pearse, October 1, 1946. Children: Marguerite Ada, George Thomas, Judith Janet, Frank Taunton.

George Thomas Paine

Ada Louise (Otten) Paine

Barbara Helen Taunton Pearse

Marguerite Ada Paine

George Thomas Paine

Judith Janet Paine

Frank Taunton Paine