Columbians Ahead of Their Time
 Story Musgrave
Story Musgrave "Statistically it's a certainty there are hugely advanced civilizations, intelligences, life forms out there."

Story Musgrave (1935– )
MD 1964

Story Musgrave's career at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration parallels the evolution of the American space program from the Apollo missions of the 1960s to the Space Shuttle of the 1990s. In 1967, he was one of 11 chosen, from more than 4,000 applicants, to serve as NASA's first scientist-astronauts. During his 30-year career at NASA, Musgrave worked on the Skylab, Spacelab, Space Shuttle, and Hubble Space Telescope projects; he flew on six space shuttle missions between 1983 and 1996.

In 1960, having already earned one undergraduate degree in mathematics and statistics, another in chemistry, and a master's degree in business administration - all from different institutions - Musgrave enrolled at Columbia, from which he received his MD in 1964. He put his Columbia medical degree to good use: Until 1989, while still at NASA, he worked as a part-time trauma surgeon at the Denver General Hospital and as a part-time professor of physiology and biophysics at the University of Kentucky Medical Center.


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