Lebanese Pioneers @ NASA & others

This page will be dedicated to all Lebanese who are professional & leading physicists, astronomers, & scientists related to astronomy & space exploration.

Many Lebanese, whether born in Lebanon or of Lebanese roots, have reached highly acclaimed positions at well-respected institutions like NASA.

I plan to introduce the world to these Lebanese that raise  the name of Lebanon & reflect the potential of many who remain in Lebanon limited by society, lack of support & an unhealthy environment for science & specially astronomy & physics.

I shall often call these by "Lebanese Pioneers".

World ... meet the "Lebanese Pioneers"

Pioneer # 1: Dr. Charles Elachi – JPL NASA

posted Dec 26, 2009, 4:32 PM by Bob Merhebi   [ updated Feb 15, 2010, 8:30 PM ]


Charles Elachi is the director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and is the man behind the Solar System exploration program. in particular the exploration of Mars; and thus also manages what goes on behind the curtain with the Mars rovers. He has been the man behind the recent success of the Mars rover program, which (the rover program) had many faults and failures, whether the NASA attempts of the Russian programs.

Official Name
: Charles Elachi

Birth Date: April 18, 1947

Country of Origin: Lebanon

            1. B.S. in Physics from the University of Grenoble, France in 1968
            2. Diplome in Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute, Grenoble in 1968
            3. M.S. & Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Caltech in 1969 & 1971 respectively
            4. MBA from the University of Southern California in 1978
            5. M.S. in Geology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1983
Joined the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - JPL in the 1970.

    1. Professor of electrical engineering & planetary science at Caltech.
    2. Vice President of Caltech
    3. Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory - JPL  (previously JPL's director for the Space and Earth science programs -- 1982-2000)


  Featured as the 8th icon of Fortune's "16 portraits: The players of tech" in September 2009.

 © Time Inc. Photographer: Bill Ingalls. Click here for more images.   Charles Elachi visited Lebanon, his home country; back in 2006 where he gave talks at several universities & institutions, and I was glad to see him in person. www.astrobobalbum.tk

Dara Sabahi, Chief Engineer, Phoenix Project is congratulated by Charles Elachi, JPL Director in the NASA/JPL mission control after the successful Phoenix Mars Lander spacecraft's scheduled landing on the Martian Arctic May 25, 2008 at JPL in Pasadena, California. (May 25, 2008 - Photo by Pool/Getty Images North America)
JPL image

Serious Play of Scientific Exploration: John Hockenberry / George Smoot / Charles Elachi

Recommended Reading:

Guiding the Path to Mars (22 October 06)

Planetary News: Cassini-Huygens (2004) A Conversation with Charles Elachi Director of JPL, and NASA Advanced Planning, Principal investigator Cassini Radar

Mission Impossible: Charles Elachi's Vision (08 August 2001)

Quotes by Charles Elachi



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