Gregory Hammond OLSEN
Space Flight Participant, USA
DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: April 20, 1945,
in Brooklyn, New York suburb, USA.
In 1962 he graduated from High School in Ridgefield Park,
In 1966 be received a bachelor of science degree in physics
at the Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
In 1968 be received a bachelor of science degree in electrical
engineering and eelctronics and a master of science degree
in physics at the same University.
In 1971 he received a Doctor of science degree in materials
science at the University of Virginia.
FAMILY STATUS: Divorced. Has two daughters:
Olsen Kimberly Ann, born in 1970 and
Olsen Christa Jane, born in 1974.
RANKS AND AWARDS: US Administration Award,
Aaron Crescel of the Laser and Electrooptics Society of
the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,
Man of the Year of New Jersey small business; prize of
the New Jersey Institute of Technologies Inventor of the
Year; Bisinessman of the Year of the Arthur Young’s journal.
He has 12 U.S. patents.
HOBBY: Country music, playing golf.
From 1971 to 1972 he worked at the South Africa Port Elizabeth
University as the invited scientist.
From 1972 to 1983 he worked at the RCA company laboratory
(Sarnoff Research Center) which was engaged in InGaAs crystal
In 1984 he founded EPITAXX Inc. which produced fiber-optic
sensors and radiators. In 1990 he sold this company for
In 1991 he was one of the founders of Sensors Unlimited
Inc. in Princeton, which is engaged in the development
and production of high-precision equipment (infra-red chambers,
various sensors, artificial crystals). Presently he is
the President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of
On April 5, 2004 he began to pass a medical examination
at IBMP and got a permit to special training.
On May 16, 2005 he began to train at the Cosmonaut Training
The training program includes learning Russian, a course
of theoretical training on the Soyuz spacecraft and ISS
systems, training on simulators, biomedical training, ONS
recovery training, etc.
At the meeting of the International Commission for the
ISS crew formation, held on June 20-22 in Canada, Olsen
was approved as the space flight participant and recommended
for appointment to the Soyuz TMA-7 spacecraft prime crew.