PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
JET PROPULSION LABORATORY
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
PASADENA, CALIF. 91109. TELEPHONE (213) 354-5011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

       Dr. Clarence R. (John) Gates has been appointed deputy assistant laboratory director for technical divisions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology.

       Dr. Gates will take over the position held by Walter K. Victor, who recently became assistant laboratory director for planning and review.

       Gates has worked at JPL for many years, and has held variety of technical and management positions. He led the team that designed the lab's first three-axis stabilized attitude-controlled spacecraft, an early concept that led to the Ranger lunar series. He has played key role in establishment of JPL as the world leader in radio tracking and space navigation.

       Gates received NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and the Institute of Navigation's Thurlow Award for his work in space navigation.

       He received his undergraduate education at the University of Oklahoma, and did graduate studies at Caltech. He earned Ph.D. there in 1951 in electrical engineering and mathematics. He was born in Belvidere, Ill.

       Dr. Gates lives with his wife and three children in Pasadena.

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