|Birth||(1925-04-09)April 9, 1925(age 95) Monticello, New York, U.S.|
|Birth Place||(age 95) Monticello, New York, U.S.|
|Alma Mater||California Institute of Technology(Caltech)|
|Famous Research||Training of Apollo astronauts in field geology|
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Leon Theodore "Lee" Silver, Ph.D. (born April 9, 1925) is an American geologist who was professor of geology at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).
After the Apollo program, he became a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1974.
Early life and education Leon Silver was born in Monticello, New York, on April 9, 1925, as the youngest of five children.
He graduated from Crosby High School in 1942.After spending a year at the Colorado School of Mines before being called up by the Navy in 1943 as a member of the Navy V-12 Program, Silver earned his B.S. in civil engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder in 1945.
He later earned an M.S. in geology at the University of New Mexico in 1948 and a Ph.D. in geology and geochemistry at the California Institute of Technology in 1955.
Silver served in the United States Navy from 1943 to 1946, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Civil Engineer Corps.
He worked for the United States Geological Survey (USGS), Mineral Deposits Branch, in Colorado and Arizona from 1947 to 1954 (field seasons only), where he attained the status of Assistant Geologist.
Member of the Steering Committee of the NASA Synthesis Group, which evaluated mission scenarios for the President's Space Exploration Initiative (1990-1991) Member of the President's Advisory Committee on the Redesign of the Space Station (1993)
In popular culture Silver's work with the Apollo Program has been recounted in Andrew Chaikin's A Man on the Moon (1994).
The book became a TV mini-series in 1998, with David Clennon portraying Professor Silver in the HBO docu-drama series From The Earth To The Moon.
Silver was interviewed about the episode and he felt that it "romanticized" the experience, and had minor historical inaccuracies, but otherwise liked it and showed it at a lecture in 1999.In 2002, Apollo 15 Commander Dave Scott devoted a section of his co-authored book Two Sides of the Moon to the training and instruction that Scott and other Apollo astronauts received from Silver.
The Foundation was created in 1980 through an endowment by Caswell Silver, an alumnus of the Department of Geology, independent oilman, and Leon Silver's brother.
In 1971 Silver was awarded a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal both for his training of Apollo astronauts in geologic science and equally for his research:For his significant scientific achievements in the development of highly precise isotopic compositions of uranium and lead in minerals and the applications of the age determination procedures in the analyses of lunar material.
Relations to the Mojave-Sonora megashear and its inferred northwestward extension," Geological Society of America Special Papers, 2005, 393, pp.
Anderson, T.H., and L.T. Silver, 2005, "The Mojave-Sonora megashear—field and analytical studies leading to the conception and evolution of the hypothesis," in Anderson, T.H., Ed.,
To the Moon WGBH Educational Foundation, raw footage, 1998 Edited Oral History Transcript, NASA Johnson Space Center Oral History Project, Leon T. Silver interviewed by Carol Butler, Houston, Texas – 5 May 2002: full text and PDF.
Twisting and tearing of Earth's crust over millions of years created a land of extraordinary beauty," Los Angeles Times, January 6, 1993.
- In 1971 Silver was awarded a NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal both for his training of Apollo astronauts in geologic science and equally for his research:
- Guggenheim Fellowship (1964)
- NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal (1971)
- NASA Group Achievement Award, Lunar Traverse Planning Team (1971)
- NASA Group Achievement Award, Crew Training and Simulation Team (1971)
- American Institute of Professional Geologists Award for Professional Excellence (1972)
- NASA Group Achievement Award, Lunar Landing Team (1973)
- NASA Group Achievement Award, Earth Resources Experiment Team (1974)
- NASA Group Achievement Award, Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (1974)
- Member, National Academy of Sciences (elected 1974)
- Senior Fellow, Mineralogical Society of America
- President, Geological Society of America (1979)
- Centennial Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of New Mexico (1989)