Frederick I. Ordway III

American space scientist

Frederick Ira Ordway III (April 4, 1927 – July 1, 2014) was an American space scientist and author of visionary books on spaceflight.

Frederick I. Ordway III
Born(1927-04-04)April 4, 1927
DiedJuly 1, 2014(2014-07-01) (aged 87)
Known forSpace advocacy, Technical consultant to 2001: A Space Odyssey
Spouse(s)Maria Victoria Ordway (1950-2012)
Scientific career
FieldsAerospace engineering
Institutions-1960 Army Ballistic Missile Agency
1960-1963 Marshall Space Flight Center space systems information
University of Alabama in Huntsville professor

As scientific consultant, he was part of the production team of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

At the time of his death he was the longest-serving member of the American Rocket Society which he joined in 1939. Ordway served as a member of the faculty at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) from 1970 to 1973, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate by UAH in 1992.

Ordway died in Huntsville, Alabama, aged 87.[1]


  1. Galloway, Drew (July 1, 2014). "Space pioneer & author Fred Ordway dies at 87". Huntsville, AL: WHNT-TV. Retrieved July 1, 2014.

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