Former Member of the National Space Society Board of Governors
Arthur Kantrowitz was Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Dartmouth College. He devoted a lifetime to grappling with hard research
questions. Among them: magnetically contained fusion; the invention
of supersonic high intensity molecular beams; high temperature
shock tubes, which provided the scientific basis for reentering the
atmosphere from space; the worlds first successful demonstration of
magnetohydrodynamic power generation; high-energy lasers and laser propulsion
to Earth orbit; and cardiac assist devices which culminated in the intra-aortic
balloon pump, used in hundreds of thousands of patients.
Kantrowitz was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (an honorary fellow), American Physical Society, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Sciences, and International Academy of Astronautics. In 1953-1954, he held both Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships at Cambridge and Manchester Universities.