22 Facts About Jerome Wiesner


Jerome Bert Wiesner was a professor of electrical engineering, chosen by President John F Kennedy as chairman of his Science Advisory Committee.


Jerome Wiesner worked briefly after the war at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, then returned to MIT's Research Laboratory of Electronics from 1946 to 1961.


Jerome Wiesner was an outspoken critic of crewed exploration of outer space, believing instead in automated space probes.


Jerome Wiesner challenged NASA's choice of developing the Apollo Lunar Module as a means to achieving Kennedy's goal of landing men on the Moon.


Jerome Wiesner was an advocate for arms control, and a critic of Anti-ballistic missile defense systems.


Jerome Wiesner was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of Jewish immigrants from Silesia and raised in Dearborn.


Jerome Wiesner received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and mathematics in 1937, and a Master of Science degree in 1938, at the University of Michigan.


Jerome Wiesner received a Doctor of Philosophy in electrical engineering from UM in 1950.


Jerome Wiesner participated in studies of acoustics, and assisted in developing electronic techniques, at the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan.


In 1940, Jerome Wiesner married Laya Wainger, a fellow mathematics major he met at UM.


Jerome Wiesner began his professional career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joining the MIT Radiation Laboratory in 1942 and working on microwave radar development.


Jerome Wiesner became an associate member of the laboratory's steering committee, and led "Project Cadillac", which developed the forerunner of the AWAC system.


Jerome Wiesner was not concerned with the political aspects that others in Kennedy's administration were.


Jerome Wiesner believed that the space program would continue making scientific advancements even without man.


When NASA decided in June 1962 on Lunar Orbit Rendezvous as the strategy for its Apollo program to meet Kennedy's goal of landing men on the Moon by the end of the 1960s, Jerome Wiesner had created a Space Vehicle Panel, chaired by Nicolas Golovin, to monitor and second-guess NASA.


Jerome Wiesner blurted out "No, that's no good," in front of the press, during a presentation by Marshall Director Wernher von Braun.


Jerome Wiesner was elected a life member of the MIT Corporation.


Jerome Wiesner was portrayed by Al Franken in the 1998 HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon.


Jerome Wiesner was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1953 and the American Philosophical Society in 1969.


Jerome Wiesner was awarded the Delmer S Fahrney Award in 1980.


In 1993 Jerome Wiesner was awarded the Public Welfare Medal from the National Academy of Sciences, of which he was a member.


Jerome Wiesner died at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts of heart failure at age 79.