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William M. Kaula

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Dates

May 19, 1926 – April 1, 2000

Authorized Form of Name

Kaula, William M.

Additional Forms of Names

Kaula, William M., 1926-2000

Kaula, William Mason

Biography

Abstract

William M. Kaula was Professor of Geophysics at the Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles (1963-1992). Other institutional affiliations included the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the United States Army. His research interests included geodesy and comparative planetology.

Important Dates

May 19, 1926Birth, Sydney (N.S.W.).

1948Obtained BS, United States Military Academy, West Point (N.Y.).

1953Obtained MS, Ohio State University, Columbus (Ohio).

1957 – 1960Geodesist (1957-1958) and Chief, Division of Geodesy (1958-1960), Army Map Service, United States Army.

1960 – 1963Geophysicist and Geodesist, Celestial Mechanics and Planetary Interiors, Goddard Space Flight Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

1963 – 1992Professor of Geophysics, Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles (Calif.).

1984 – 1987Chief, National Geodetic Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

1987Member, National Academy of Sciences.

April 1, 2000Death, Los Angeles (Calif.).

Occupation

Geophysicist.

Places

Birth

Sydney (N.S.W.)

Undergraduate Education

West Point (N.Y.)

Graduate Education

Columbus (Ohio)

Employment

Los Angeles (Calif.)

Death

Los Angeles (Calif.)

Subjects

Geophysics.

Planetary science.

Solar system.

Relationships

People

Family

Bloechle, Marie

Daughter.

Kaula, Denise Bloechle

First wife.

Kaula, Edgar

Father.

Kaula, Edna Mason

Mother.

Kaula, Gene J.

Second wife.

Kaula, Jaqueline

Daughter.

Shapiro, Anne Kaula

Daughter.

Colleagues

Dryden, Hugh L. (Hugh Latimer), 1898-1965

Both employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Kennel, Charles F., 1939-

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.

MacDonald, Gordon J. (Gordon James), 1929-2002

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.

Marburger, John H., III (John Harmen), 1941-2011

Both employed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Slichter, Louis B. (Louis Byrne), 1896-1978

Both employed at University of California, Los Angeles.

Institutions

Major Positions

Goddard Space Flight Center

Geophysicist and Geodesist, Celestial Mechanics and Planetary Interiors.

United States. Army

Geodesist, Army Map Service and Chief, Division of Geodesy, Army Map Service.

United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Geophysicist and Geodesist, Celestial Mechanics and Planetary Interiors, Goddard Space Flight Center.

United States. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Chief, National Geodetic Survey.

University of California, Los Angeles. Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics.

Professor of Geophysics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Ohio State University. Department of Geodetic Science and Surveying

Obtained MS (1953).

United States Military Academy. Department of Military Art and Engineering

Obtained BS (1948).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

William M. Kaula response to History of Geophysics Survey, 1997.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"William M. Kaula: 1926-2000", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences