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Chapter: Curriculum Vitae, Dr. Robert A. Frosch

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Suggested Citation:"Curriculum Vitae, Dr. Robert A. Frosch." National Research Council. 1983. Robots, People, and Navies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18875.
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Suggested Citation:"Curriculum Vitae, Dr. Robert A. Frosch." National Research Council. 1983. Robots, People, and Navies. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18875.
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CURRICULUM VITAE DR. ROBERT A. FROSCH Dr. Robert A. Frosch was elected vice president of General Motors in charge of the Research Laboratories on March 1, 1982. In that post, he heads a science team engaged in applied research and development, long-range research, and specialized service work for other GM units. Born May 22, 1928, in New York City, Dr. Frosch attended Columbia University, earning his B.A. in 1947, M.A. in 1949, and Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1952. While completing the studies for his doctorate, he joined Columbia's Hudson Laboratories in 1951 as a research scientist working on naval research projects. He rose to director of Hudson Laboratories in 1956 and held that position until 1963. In 1963 Dr. Frosch became director of Nuclear Test Detection for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the Department of Defense. In 1965 he was appointed deputy director of ARPA. Appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Devel- opment in 1966, Dr. Frosch served in this capacity until 1973, when he was selected as assistant executive director of the United Nations Environment Program, with the rank of assistant secretary general of the United Nations. In 1975 Dr. Frosch became Associate Director for Applied Ocean- ography at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and served in this position until joining NASA. He served from 1977 to 1981 as the administrator of NASA. In January 1981 Dr. Frosch was appointed president of the American Association of Engineering Societies, Inc. Dr. Frosch has received the Arthur S. Flemming Award (1966), the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award (1969), the Defense Meri- torious Civilian Service Medal (1973), the Neptune Award of the American Oceanic Organization (1973), and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal (1981). He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Xi honorary societies. 38

His memberships in professional societies include the following: National Academy of Engineering, American Physical Society, Seis- mological Society of America, Marine Technology Society, Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, Society of Exploration Geo- physicists, and the American Geophysical Union. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Acoustical Society of America, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Astronautical Society. Dr. Frosch is married to the former Jessica Rachael Denerstein of Brooklyn, New York. They have two daughters, Elizabeth Ann, 21, and Margery Ellen, 19. 39

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