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William Herbert Michael,, American government research official. Registered professional engineer, Virginia. Recipient Exceptional Service award National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1967, Special Achievement award, 1969, 77, medal for Exceptional Science Achievement, 1977.


Michael,, William Herbert was born on December 10, 1926 in Richmond, Virginia, United States. Son of William Herbert and Alice (Anderson) Michael.


Bachelor of Science, Princeton University, 1948. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1967. Master of Science, University Virginia, 1951.

Master of Arts, College William and Mary, 1962.


With Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Hampton, Virginia, 1948-1983, head lunar and planetary science branch, 1969-1970, chief environmental and space science division, 1970-1976, also head radio science team Viking project, 1970-1976. Member working group artificial satellites Committee on Space Research, 1967-1980. Member committee on moon International Astronomical Union, 1970-1980.

Associate director Virginia Associate Research Campus, Newport News, 1980-1983. Executive director engineering education studies National Research Council, 1983-1985, director space applications board, since 1985. Adjunct professor physics College William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1980.


  • Registered professional engineer, Virginia.


Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1944-1946. Associate fellow American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Member American Geophysical Union, National Society Professional Engineers.


Married Marjorie May Boswick, June 28, 1952. Children– Alice Caroline, Cynthia M. Bridger.

William Herbert Michael,

Alice (Anderson) Michael,

Marjorie May Boswick

Cynthia M. Bridger Michael,

Alice Caroline Michael,