posted on Sep, 8 2007 @ 04:33 PM
AS a foot note to my last post here is a little about the author of "Ringmakers of Saturn"
Dr. Norman Bergrun is an alumnus of Ames Research Laboratory, NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) predecessor of Ames Research Center,
NASA where he worked twelve years as a research scientist. At Ames, he pioneered the setting of design criteria for airplane thermal ice-prevention
and the developing of roll stability laws for airplanes, missiles and rockets.
He joined Lockheed Missiles and Space Company (now Lockheed Martin) where he was manager of the planning and analysis of flight tests for the Navy
Polaris Underwater Launch Missile System. During his thirteen years at Lockheed, he also served as a senior scientist having responsible analysis
cognizance of special space-satellite applications. After a short tour of duty with Nielsen Engineering and Research, in 1971 he founded Bergrun
Engineering and Research, parent of Bergrun Research founded in 1999 especially for world wide web activities.
An Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronauics (AIAA), he is active as a leader in Congressional Visits Day events on
Capitol Hill. As Deputy Director-at-Large for the AIAA western region, he overlooks section activities in seven western states. Other memberships
include The Planetary Society, The Association for the Advancement of Science, The Aviation Hall of Fame, the National Society of Professional
Engineers, the Federation of American Scientists and the Scientific Faculty, International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England.
Bergrun holds a BSME degree from Cornell University, an LLB from LaSalle University Extension, a DSc (Hon) from World University and a California
Professional Engineer (PE) License. He also has engaged in graduate aerospace studies at Stanford University. He is a founder of the California
Society of Professional Engineers Education Foundation, is author of two books Tomorrow's Technology Today and Ringmakers of Saturn and has published
over 100 papers. Two recent manuscripts, Lunar Life Forms: Revelations of Apollo 14 and Mars Puts on a Good Face: The Masquerade, have been registered
with the Library of Congress, Washington, D. C. He has lectured in the United States, Canada, England and Europe.
Credited with numerous awards and citations including the California Society of Professional Engineers Archimedes Engineering Achievement Award, and
Special Service Citations for contributions to the AIAA National Public Policy and to the Regional Sections Activity Committees, he is listed in
Marquis "Who's Who in the World", "Who's Who in America", "Who's Who in Science and Engineering", and other reference works.
Continuing interests include photography*, NASA student activities and music, having played as a concert musician at Carnegie Hall with the Cornell
University Band and having been a founder of "Aurora Singers", a 64-voice choir