Pete Worden, Breakthrough Foundation | Foresight Space Group
August 1, 2022
Pete Worden, Breakthrough Foundation
Simon Peter Worden was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center (ARC) at Moffett Field, California, until his retirement on March 31, 2015. Prior to joining NASA, he held several positions in the United States Air Force and was a research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is a recognized expert on space issues – both civil and military. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics, space sciences, and strategic studies. He served as a scientific co-investigator for two NASA space science missions and received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine mission. He was named the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium Laboratory Director of the Year. Worden announced his planned resignation from NASA in February 2015, indicating he would be pursuing some long-held dreams in the private sector.
On July 20, 2015, at the Royal Society in London, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking launched the Breakthrough Initiatives. At the press conference, Pete Worden was introduced as the Chairman of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. In this new role, Worden is tasked to run the Breakthrough Initiatives.