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Gregory Olsen

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Gregory Olsen
Born (1945-04-20) April 20, 1945 (age 79)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Alma materFairleigh Dickinson University (B.S., B.Eng, M.S.)
University of Virginia (Ph.D.)
Space career
Space Adventures Tourist
Time in space
9d 21h 15m
MissionsSoyuz TMA-7 / Soyuz TMA-6
Scientific career
FieldsMaterial science
ThesisThe fcc-bcc transformation in thin iron films. (1970)
Doctoral advisorWilliam A. Jesser

Gregory Hammond Olsen (born April 20, 1945) is an American businessman, engineer and scientist. In October 2005, he became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip to the International Space Station with the company Space Adventures.[1]

Olsen was the co-founder and chairman of Sensors Unlimited Inc.


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  1. Carroll, Kathleen. "FDU renames engineering school after $5M gift"[permanent dead link], The Record (Bergen County), May 4, 2006. Accessed June 9, 2007. "About 200 people gathered at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Wednesday to celebrate the university's largest-ever gift and the renaming of one of its schools. Alumnus and trustee Gregory Olsen, the world's third civilian astronaut and the founder of two fiber-optics companies, was greeted with a standing ovation..."

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