Owen K. Garriott Bio
Owen Kay Garriott (age 88 years) was an American electrical engineer and NASA astronaut, who spent 60 days aboard the Skylab space station in 1973 during the Skylab 3 mission, and 10 days aboard Spacelab-1 on a Space Shuttle mission in 1983.
|Owen K. Garriott Quick Biography|
|Born||He was Born on 22 November 1930|
|Died||15 April 2019|
|Birthplace||Enid, Oklahoma, United States|
|Space missions||STS-9, Skylab 3|
|Education||Stanford University (1960), Stanford University (1957), The University of Oklahoma (1953), Enid High School|
|Children||Richard Garriott, Robert Garriott|
|Net Worth||Update Soon|
Owen Kay Garriott was born in Enid, Oklahoma, on November 22, 1930, to Owen Garriott and Mary Catherine née Mellick. His middle name was based on his mother’s middle name.
Garriott was a Boy Scout (earning the rank of Star Scout), and graduated from Enid High School in 1948. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma.
Garriott was a member of Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity and Master of Science and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University in electrical engineering in 1957 and 1960, respectively.
In 1965, Garriott was one of the six scientist-astronauts selected by NASA. His first spaceflight, the Skylab 3 mission in 1973, set a world record for duration of approximately 60 days, more than double the previous record. Extensive experiments were conducted of the Sun, of Earth resources and in various life sciences relating to human adaptation to weightlessness.
His second space flight was aboard STS-9 (Spacelab-1) in 1983, a multidisciplinary and international mission of 10 days aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. Over 70 separate experiments in six different disciplines were conducted, primarily to demonstrate the suitability of Spacelab for research in all these areas.
He operated the world’s first amateur radio station from space, W5LFL, which expanded into an important activity on dozens of shuttle flights, Space Station Mir and the International Space Station, with scores of astronauts and cosmonauts participating.
Between these missions, Garriott received a NASA fellowship in the Space Station Project Office. In this position, he worked closely with the external scientific communities and advised the project manager concerning the scientific suitability of the space station design.
Owen K. Garriott Wife, Children, death
Garriott married Helen Mary née Walker, his high school sweetheart, in 1952. They had four children: Randall O. (born 1955), Robert K. (born 1956), Richard A. (born 1961) a computer programmer and the creator of the Ultima computer game series, and Linda S. (born 1966). After he divorced his first wife he married Evelyn L. Garriott, who had three kids from a previous relationship.
His son Richard was launched as a space tourist on board Soyuz TMA-13 on October 12, 2008, the first American and the second person worldwide to follow a parent into space. Owen Garriott was in mission control at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the launch and was in attendance when his son returned 12 days later.
Garriott died on April 15, 2019, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama.
Awards and honors
Garriott has received the following honors: National Science Foundation Fellowship, 1960–61; Honorary Doctorate of Science, Phillips University (Enid, Okla.), 1973; NASA Distinguished Service Medal, 1973; Fédération Aéronautique Internationale V. M. Komarov Diploma for 1973; the Octave Chanute Award for 1975; and the NASA Space Flight Medal, 1983.
The three Skylab astronaut crews were awarded the 1973 Robert J. Collier Trophy “For proving beyond question the value of man in future explorations of space and the production of data of benefit to all the people on Earth.” Gerald Carr accepted the 1975 Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy from President Ford, awarded to the Skylab astronauts.
He was one of five Oklahoman astronauts inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame in 1980, the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1997, the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Enid Public Schools Hall of Fame in 2001.
Garriott was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Phillips University in 1973.
A street named after him in Enid, Oklahoma serves as one of the city’s main thoroughfares. It is part of U.S. Route 412.