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Jesco v. Puttkamer was born in Leipzig (Germany) on September 22, 1933. He passed away on December 27, 2012 (79 years old).
He belongs to an ancient extended noble family whose recorded ancestry can be traced back to 1257-1260 (a Puttkamer family tradition is to name every male firstborn Jesco ). His family lived in Switzerland during WWII. He studied mechanical engineering in Konstanz and graduated from the Technical University of Aachen with a Master's degree.
Von Puttkamer emmigrated to the United States in 1961 to join Wernher von Braun's rocket development team in Huntsville, Alabama. He was granted US citizenship in 1967. He moved to NASA Headquarters in 1974 and has served as Program Manager of Space Industrialization and Integrated Long-Range Planning Studies.
For more than a decade, up until the time of his death, Jesco edited the daily ISS On-Orbit Status Reports (International Space Station).
Von Puttkamer was also a science-fiction author and served as a consultant for the first Star Trek movie (1979)... A program he wrote on his own TRS-80 was used in the film to generate some of the bridge video displays. In the 1980's, he attended several Star-Trek conventions, as a NASA representative of sorts.
Jesco von Puttkamer received an honorary doctorate from the Saarland University in 1995.
He was named Distinguished German-American of the Year in 2008.
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