2001 Fellow

Presented to: Mr. John R. Moore

Citation: For leadership in the development of inertial navigation, especially in the early years when many thought that inertial navigation would never become practical.


Mr. John R. Moore has been in the high technology industry since 1937 and in management since 1941. He successfully ran "bottom line" business operations varying in headcount from 100 to 94,000. He is a graduate of the G.E. Advanced Course in Engineering (equivalent to D.Sc., except for languages and dissertation) and was a licensed aircraft pilot and head of airborne fire control sight and computer development during World War II. He led the Theoretical Section of G.E.'s first missile program. In 1946, he left G.E. to become an associate professor of mechanics at Washington University in St. Louis and director of its research foundation's Dynamical Control Laboratory.

In 1955, Mr. Moore became the first general manager of the newly formed Autonetics Division of North American Aviation and later president of the division. In 1966, he became vice president of NAA and a member of its board and executive committee. He was also a member of the North American Rockwell board and its executive committee - positions he held during the first Apollo program moon landings. Since retiring from Northrop in 1989, Mr. Moore has served as a consultant to high technology industry, a member of the board of directors of The Center for Space and Advanced Technology, an advisor to the Board of Scientific Applications & Research Associates, and as a member of various committees for the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), including the Time Horizons and Technology Investment Committee, the President's Transition Advisory Committee, the NAE Special Fields and Interdisciplinary Section's Membership Applicant Review Committee, and as a member of the steering committee of the American Electronic Association's Presidents' Round Table. Mr. Moore was elected to the NAE in 1978. He is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has been awarded more than 25 patents, written scores of papers on technical and management subjects and served on seven Department of Defense committees, including the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and the Army Science Board. He has also served on ten state and local government, civic and university committees. He is the recipient of 9 major achievement awards from professional societies, DoD, industry, and universities, and holds an honorary doctor of science from West Coast University.