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We regret to inform you of the passing of:

- 02 November 2019: Max Calabro, France, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 11 October 2019: Alexei Leonov, Russia, Honorary Member

- 10 October 2019: Bouraoui Ben Ali, Tunisia, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 14 September 2019: Andre Remondiere, France, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 11 September 2019: Scott A. Manatt, USA, member of Life Sciences section

- 03 August 2019: Nikolay S. Kardashev, Russia, member of Basic Sciences section

- 22 July 2019: Christopher C. Kraft, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 20 January 2019: Karel Kudela, Slovak Republic, member of Basic Sciences section

- 01 October 2018: John C. Sommerer, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 19 August 2018: Wang Dechen, China, member of Engineering Sciences section

- 29 June 2018: Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Italy, member of Social Sciences section

- 06 May 2018: Patricia M. Sterns, USA, member of Social Sciences section

- 19 February 2018: Michael F. O'Brien, USA, member of Social Sciences section


Obituary year 2017 is available in the 2017 History Section of the website
Obituary year 2016 is available in the 2016 History Section of the website
Obituary year 2015 is available in the 2015 History Section of the website



 
IAA Academician Max Calabro
02 November 2019: Max Calabro, France, member of Engineering Sciences section

He was Head of the Propulsion Department at EADS Space, Les Mureaux, France. He was a specialist of propulsion very active in the Academy. He was internationally known as a space expert, he holds patents in propulsion and contributed to scientific development in this field. He worked on all type of launchers and missiles, architecture and design, both solid, liquid or airbreathing. He participated to all major French and European programs, in the field of propulsion and energy. He was elected corresponding member in 2000 and a full member in 2005 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 
IAA Honorary Member Alexei Leonov
11 October 2019: Alexei Leonov, Russia, Honorary Member

Legendary cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space and later the commander of the Russian Soyuz spacecraft that docked with a NASA Apollo capsule, symbolizing a historic thaw in the Cold War, has died after a long illness. An accomplished amateur artist and a widely respected statesman in the international space community, Leonov remained a lifelong friend of his Apollo-Soyuz Test Project crewmates and a source of inspiration to a younger generation of cosmonauts who carried his photo to the International Space Station and marked his 85th birthday during a spacewalk in May. He was elected a Full Member of the International Academy of Astronautics in 2018 and an Honorary Member in 2019.
 
IAA Academician Bouraoui Ben Ali
10 October 2019: Bouraoui Ben Ali, Tunisia, member of Engineering Sciences section

He was President, Tunisian Organization for space education, Saint Exupery city, Le Belvedere, Tunisia. He was the First Tunisian Pilot and the First Tunisian pilot trainer. He was President and Technical Director at the Tunisian Aviation Federation. He was Center Manager for flew sail Ressas and Center Manager for Motor Flight. He was awarded “Vermeil Medal” (France) and the Youth Order of Merit. He was Center Manager for Motor Flight and Chief Pilot, Tunis Aeroclub. He was project manager at the Aeroclub de France. He was President of the Tunisian aviation federation from 1989 to 1990. He was elected corresponding member in 2010 and a full member in 2014 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 
IAA Academician Andre Remondiere
14 September 2019: Andre Remondiere, France, member of Engineering Sciences section

He was Chairman of the Institute for Space Sciences and their applications in Toulouse (ISSAT). The institute deals with education and training for space-related activities. He was Chair of the Section 2 on Engineering Sciences of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He was Central  Director of Quality and Director of the Guiana Space Center at CNES. He was General Manager of INTESPACE (susidiary of CNES for environmental tests). He was also Head of research group on guidance and control at ONERA. He was an expert in the field of piloting and stabilization of the sounding rockets and planes and in the field of recovery system for sounding rockets. He was elected corresponding member in 1981 and a full member in 1985 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 
IAA Academician Scott A. Manatt
11 September 2019: Scott A. Manatt, USA, member of Life Sciences section

He was the New Development Manager of the Space ECS at Allied Signal Aerospace Equipment Systems, Torrance, CA. He worked in the development of new technology and subsystems for spacecraft systems and equipment. Some examples are the Apollo Lunar Excursion Model (LEM) Supercritical Helium Tank, and Development of Inert Gas Generation for Fire Suppression. His contributions have been successfully applied to numerous aerospace and aircraft systems for the US Air Force, Navy, Army, and NASA. These contributions were made while he worked for the Air Research Mfg Co., Garett Corporation and Allied Signal in various technical and management positions. These included Engineering Group Leader, Customer Field Representative, Business Development Manager, and Life Support Marketing Manager. He was elected corresponding member in 1999 and a full member in 2004 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 IAA Academician Nikolai Kardashev03 August 2019: Nikolay S. Kardashev, Russia, member of Basic Sciences section

Nikolai Semenovich Kardashev died on August 3, 2019. He was a Soviet and Russian astrophysicist, Doctor of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, and the deputy director of the Astro Space Center of P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow. Nikolai Kardashev plaid a central role in the development of SETI in the Soviet Union in the 1960s. Kardashev became the leader of Soviet SETI in 1963, when he examined quasar CTA-102, the first Soviet effort in SETI. In this work he came up with the idea that some galactic civilizations would be perhaps millions or billions of years ahead of us, and created the Kardashev classification scheme to rank such civilizations. In 1986 Kardashev was elected a Corresponding Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, and in 1991 he became a Full Member. Nicolai Kardashev will forever be remembered as a SETI very influential thinker, plus a leader in innovative space missions.
 IAA Academician Cristopher Kraft

22 July 2019: Christopher C. Kraft, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

Christopher Kraft, von Karman Award 1994 of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA), died on July 22, 2019, two days after the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11th moon landing. Chris Kraft invented the mission planning and control processes required for crewed space missions, in areas as diverse as go/no-go decisions, space-to-ground communications, space tracking, real-time problem solving and crew recovery, according to NASA. This made him the godfather of NASA’s Mission Control and the Academy recognized him for this achievements. Chris Kraft born in 1924 was elected corresponding member in the Engineering Science section in 1973 and a full member in 1985.
 IAA Academician Karel Kudela

20 January 2019: Karel Kudela, Slovak Republic, member of Basic Sciences section

Professor Karel Kudela was one of the founders of the Space Physics department at the Institute of Experimental Physics of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Košice, which he led until 2011 and where he contributed to the work until his death.
His research topics in the past five years focused primarily on the research of dynamics of low energy cosmic rays and suprathermal cosmic particles. He acted as scientific coordinator in many physical experiments performed on satellites and in ground measurements of cosmic radiation at the Observatory Lomnický štít. He significantly contributed to an improved understanding on the impact of solar activity on the cosmic ray flux, the dynamics of the Earth's particle environment and on the relationship between cosmic rays and space weather. One of his most important scientific achievements is the confirmation of solar neutron incidence on the Earth's surface as part of solar eruptions. He was elected corresponding member in 2007 and a full member in 2012 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 IAA Academician John C. Sommerer01 October 2018: John C. Sommerer, USA, member of Engineering Sciences section

Dr. John C. Sommerer, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Engineering Sciences section, passed away on October 1st, 2018.
At the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), he headed both its Research Center and its Space Department and he was APL Senior Fellow for National Space Policy. He was responsible for executing NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury, New Horizons mission to Pluto, Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission to explore the Van Allen Belts, and Solar Probe mission to explore the Sun’s outer atmosphere. He contributed to Key technological advances in missile defense, homeland security and information security that affect all Americans. He has made fundamental contributions to nonlinear physics as well as technologies used in spacecraft and engineering applications. He was elected Corresponding Member in 2011 and Full Member in 2013 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 Prof. Wang Dechen 19 August 2018: Wang Dechen, China, member of Engineering Sciences section

It is with deep regret that we received the news of the death of Professor WANG Dechen, who was elected in 1992 as Full Member of the Engineering Sciences section of the International Academy of Astronautics. Professor WANG Dechen was born in February 1933 and graduated from Beihang University in 1957. He joined China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) in 1959 and was engaged in general design of launch vehicles. He was the Chief Designer for several launch vehicles and made great contributions to the development of China’s launch vehicle technology. On August 19, 2018, Professor WANG Dechen died of illness in Beijing at the age of 85. He was elected Corresponding Member in 1987 and Full Member in 1992 of the International Academy of Astronautics.
 Prof. Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni29 June 2018: Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Italy, member of Social Sciences section

Prof. Elisabeth Back-Impallomeni, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 1999, passed away on 29 June 2018. She was a Professor of International Law and Organization, at the University of Padua, Italy and a Lawyer, expert in Austrian and German law. She has trained both industrial leaders, insurance executives and lawyers currently involved in space law programs, projects and activities. She was the Chair of the IAA Commission 5 - Space Policies, Law & Economics in 2013 and was leading Academy activity in many program committees of IAA Symposia. We will miss a great expert and a friend of the Academy. She will remain an example of courage and dynamism for the young generations. We will all miss her.
 Dr. Patricia M. Sterns06 May 2018: Patricia M. Sterns, USA, member of Social Sciences section

Dr. Patricia M. Sterns, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 1997, passed away on May 06, 2018 at the age of 66. She was initially elected a corresponding member of the Academy in 1993 and was living in Phoenix, Arizona. The Academy will miss her and would like to extend to her husband Leslie Tennen, Legal Counsel of the Academy, its heartfelt condolences.
Mr. Michael F. O'brien19 February 2018: Michael F. O'Brien,USA, member of Social Sciences section

Mr. Michael F. O'Brien, Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, Social Sciences section, since 2012, passed away on February 19, 2018 at the age of 72. As Associate Administrator for International and Interagency Relations, O'Brien was responsible for NASA's interaction with Executive Branch offices and agencies; international relations for each NASA Mission Directorate; administration of export control and international technology transfer programs; and, NASA advisory councils and commissions. He previously served as Deputy Assistant Administrator for External Relations (Space Flight). He was responsible for the international aspects of NASA's human space flight activities.  O'Brien also was responsible for agreements related to Space Shuttle flights for international astronauts and NASA relations with other space agencies, such as those of Israel, China and India. O'Brien came to NASA from the United States Navy. He served as a naval aviator in command positions and in Washington on the staffs of the Chief of Naval Operations and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He also served as the Deputy Director for Research at the Institute for National Strategic Studies in Washington.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  












































































 
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