Mert Davies

A RAND Pioneer in Earth Reconnaissance and Planetary Mapping from Spacecraft

by Bruno Augenstein, Bruce Murray

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Merton Edward Davies (1917-2001) was a major contributor to U.S. space efforts from when he first became affiliated with the RAND Corporation in 1947 until his death in 2001, at which time he still maintained his office at RAND. The purpose in writing this paper is to bring these achievements into perspective, not only out of respect for a man with whom the authors both worked closely for decades, but also as a window into an important period in American history and into RAND's role in it.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction

  • National Reconnaissance Career (1947-1970)

  • Planetary Exploration Emphasis (1965-2001)

  • Conclusions

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