Ramo, Simon (1913–)
Aerospace engineer, leader of the scientific advisory teams for Atlas, Thor, and Titan,
and strong proponent of the use of electronics in spacecraft development.
Ramo began his career with General Electric before moving to Hughes Aircraft
where he rose to become vice president of operations. Later, Ramo co-founded
TRW (Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation) and became scientific director
for the American intercontinental guided missile program (1954–58).
When TRW merged with Fujitsu, Ramo was appointed to vice-chairman and then
chairman of the TRW-Fujitsu board. He also served as a member of the White
House Energy Research and Development Advisory Council, the advisory committee
on science and foreign affairs for the State Department, and chairman of
the President's Commission of Science and Technology. Ramo earned a Ph.D.
in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology (1960).
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