Pete Worden


Simon Peter “Pete” Worden is Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize foundation. He is a recognized expert on space issues– both civil and military. His experience includes being the director of NASA’s Ames Research Center, served as a general in the U.S. Air Force, and working as a Research Professor of Astronomy, Optical Sciences and Planetary Sciences at the University of Arizona. Along with many other accomplishments Mr. Worden has either authored or co-authored over 150 research papers, was a crucial  innovator in the development and implementation of small satellites and reveived the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for his role in the 1994 Clemintine mission. Now, as Breakthrough Prize Foundation Chairman, Mr. Worden leads the Breakthrough Initiatives, a program of scientific and technological exploration. The Breakthrough Initiative examines the phenomena of life in the Universe, asking  Are we alone? Are there habitable neighboring worlds? and most relevant to Space Horizons 2017– Can we venture to the stars?


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