2015: Alumni Medal

Edward C. Stone, SM’59, PhD’64

  • David Morrisroe Professor of Physics and Vice Provost for Special Projects, California Institute of Technology

Pasadena, California

Edward C. Stone is the David Morrisroe Professor of Physics and the vice provost for special projects at the California Institute of Technology. He was director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1991 to 2001, and since 1972, he has served as the chief scientist for NASA’s Voyager mission. From 1985 to 2009, he was a member of the board of directors of the California Association for Research in Astronomy, which is responsible for building and operating the W. M. Keck Observatory. Stone is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophi­cal Society, a past president of the International Academy of Astronau­tics, and a past vice president of the Committee on Space Research. He also serves on the board of the W. M. Keck Foundation. Among his numerous scientific awards and honors, Stone received the National Medal of Science in 1991.

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