ARTHUR PEJSA

Aerospace Physicist and Ballistician

Life Master in Contract Bridge


Arthur Pejsa has been a pioneer aerospace scientist for over twenty-five years. At AC Electronics Division of GMC, he headed the system design and analysis group for the Thor Missile, the world's first successful long range inertial guidance system. He had a similar role for the Titan II ICBM.

At Honeywell, he analyzed control systems for manned vehicles such as Apollo. He led guidance system development and personally designed the difficult reentry guidance for the Space Shuttle. Later he headed software development for Honeywell's new, widely used, inertial navigation system for long range aircraft.

Before his aerospace career he was, for eight years, Assistant Professor of mathematics and mechanics at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. For several years he was Visiting Professor of physics, mathematics and computer science at Augsburg College in Minneapolis.

During World War II, as a young B-29 Superfortress combat pilot over Asia and Japan, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

He is an avid marksman and is qualified as an Outdoor Rifle Expert. In his spare time, which is rare, he playsand winsat Duplicate Bridge.

Publications and Honors

Prof. Pejsa has had published numerous papers in sporting and scientific journals such as those by the: Mathematical Association of America, International Bench Rest Shooters Association and the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics.

He was awarded the Phi Sigma Epsilon Award as the top graduate and a Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  In recognition of his pioneering aerospace achievements he was, in the 1970's, a biographee in Who's Who in the Midwest and in American Men of Science.


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