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et al., Roald Hoffmann


University of Oklahoma assistant dean of engineering and former manager of the Mars Exploration Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Science-fiction books were very influential for me as a teenager. Although I read some early fantasy (like Bradbury's Martian Chronicles), my real love was hard science fiction, especially books by Arthur C. Clarke, Issac Asimov, Andre Norton (a pseudonym for a woman writer) and Robert Heinlein. Their books inspired me to go into aerospace engineering, leading at last to being part of the team that built Sojourner Truth, the Mars rover that was landed by the Pathfinder mission in 1997, and, finally, to leadership of the U. S. Mars Exploration Program.

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