Paine, Thomas O., 1921-1992

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Engineer, corporate executive, and National Aeronautics and Space Administration official. Full name: Thomas Otten Paine; died 1992.

From the description of Thomas O. Paine papers, 1931-1992 (bulk 1960-1982). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 83457377

Epithet: couper, of Woodstock, county Oxfordshire

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000001092.0x000200

Thomas Otten Paine (November 9, 1921 - May 4, 1992), was a US submarine officer during WWII. He was executive officer of the I-400 won its voyage from Sasebo to Pearl Harbor, where it was torpedoed. After the war, Paine earned a PhD from Stanford in physical metallurgy and served as the third Administrator of NASA, 1969-1970.

From the description of Journal, July - December, 1945. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id: 17939492

Biographical Note

  • 1921, Nov. 9: Born, Berkeley, Calif.
  • 1942: A.B., Brown University, Providence, R.I.
  • 1943 - 1945 : New London, Conn. New London Graduated from Naval Reserve Midshipman Training at Annapolis, Md., and Submarine School at New London, Conn. Radar and assistant engineering officer, submarine Pompon
  • 1945: Awarded Submarine Combat Insignia with stars and United States Navy Commendation Medal
  • 1946, Oct. 1: Married Barbara Helen Taunton Pearse
  • 1947 - 1949 : M.S. and Ph.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • 1949 - 1963 : Successive appointments as research engineer, manager of materials and processes, research metallurgist, and manager of engineering applications, General Electric Company, Schenectady, N.Y.
  • 1963 - 1968 : Manager of Technical Military Planning Operation, General Electric Company, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • 1968 - 1970 : Successive appointments as deputy administrator and administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Directed seven Apollo missions, including the first landings on the moon Awarded Distinguished Service Medal
  • 1970 - 1976 : Vice president and group executive, Power Generation Group, and senior vice president for science and technology, General Electric Company, New York, N.Y.
  • 1976 - 1982 : President, Northrop Corp., Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1982 - 1992 : President, Thomas Paine Associates, Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 1985: Appointed Chairman of the National Commission on Space
  • 1990: Appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Future of the United States Space Program
  • 1992, May 4: Died, Los Angeles, Calif.

From the guide to the Thomas O. Paine Papers, 1931-1992, (bulk 1960-1982), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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referencedIn BLENHEIM PAPERS. Vol. CCCLXVIII (ff. 211). Correspondence and papers relating to Woodstock estate and borough, and to other estates in the area; 1710-1741: — (1) Correspondence of the Duchess and her secretary, Capt. Humphrey Fish, with W. Seale and ..., 1710-1741 British Library
referencedIn BLENHEIM PAPERS. Vol. CCXLVIII (ff. 154). Bills for Marlborough's expenditure, mostly with authorizations for payment and receipts; 1680-1719, n.d. Partly French and Dutch. Followed (ff. 153-154b) by Queen Anne's warrant for paying £5000 p.a. to him..., 1680-1719 British Library
referencedIn Payne, Hubbard Corwithe, 1813-1880. Account books, 1833-1880. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Thomas O. Paine Papers, 1931-1992, (bulk 1960-1982) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Paine, Emma E. Emma E. Paine's widow pension records, 1906-1920 Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf Paine, Thomas. Autograph letter signed : Eastham, Mass., to Dr. Samuel Adams in Dorchester, 1777 July 9. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Paine, Thomas O., 1921-. Thomas O. Paine papers, 1931-1992 (bulk 1960-1982). Library of Congress
referencedIn G. E. Mueller Papers, 1876-1997, (bulk 1935-1995) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf Paine, Thomas O., 1921-1992. Journal, July - December, 1945. Naval War College, Henry E. Eccles Library
creatorOf Kloman, Erasmus H. Surveyor Project Documents Collection, 1966-1971. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives
referencedIn Bates, Thomas. Papers, 1811-1820. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Pickering, William H., 1910-2004. William H. Pickering Speech Collection, 1955-1975. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives
referencedIn R. Buckminster Fuller papers, ca. 1920-1983 Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
creatorOf Belitt, Ben, 1911-2003. Copies and notes on manuscripts in various archives in Paris [manuscript] / made by J.C. Wyllie 1933-1934. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin), 1918-. G.E. Mueller papers, 1876-1997 (bulk 1935-1995). Library of Congress
referencedIn Ford, J. mss., 1906-1976 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Selby, Barbara. NASA Administrators, ca. 1983. Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives
creatorOf American Physical Society. Annual Meeting (1974 : Chicago, Ill.). Banquet of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers [sound recording] / 1974 February 5. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Adams, Samuel, Dr. person
correspondedWith Aldrin, Buzz person
correspondedWith Aldrin, Buzz person
associatedWith American Physical Society. Annual Meeting (1974 : Chicago, Ill.) corporateBody
associatedWith Bates, Thomas. person
correspondedWith Bradbury, Ray, 1920- person
associatedWith Cahoon, Herbert, 1918-, person
associatedWith Case for Mars Conference. corporateBody
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Engineers Joint Council. corporateBody
associatedWith Ford, John, 1895-1973 person
associatedWith Fuller, R. Buckminster (Richard Buckminster), 1895-1983 person
associatedWith General Electric Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Glenn, John, 1921- person
correspondedWith Hollomon, J. Herbert (John Herbert) person
associatedWith I-400 (Submarine) corporateBody
associatedWith Jones, Thomas V. person
correspondedWith Jones, Thomas V., 1920- person
correspondedWith Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin), 1918- person
associatedWith Northrop Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Paine, Emma E. person
associatedWith Payne, Hubbard Corwithe, 1813-1880. person
associatedWith Pickering, William H., 1910-2004. person
associatedWith Project Apollo (U.S.) corporateBody
correspondedWith Seamans, Robert C. person
associatedWith Selby, Barbara. person
associatedWith United States. Advisory Committee on the Future of the U.S. Space Program corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. National Commission on Space. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy corporateBody
Place Name Admin Code Country
Outer space
Mars (Planet)
Mars (Planet)
St Albans, Hertfordshire
Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Outer space
Space colonies
Space flight to the moon
Submarines (Ships)
Submarines (Ships)
World War, 1939-1945


Birth 1921-11-09

Death 1992-05-04





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