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Strange angel : the otherworldly life of rocket scientist John Whiteside Parsons

Author: George Pendle
Publisher: Orlando : Harcourt, 2006, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st Harvest edView all editions and formats
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A lonely misfit born into a wealthy Pasadena family, as a boy Parsons read science fiction and launched rockets in his backyard. By his early twenties, he was a leader of Caltech's "Suicide Squad," the motley band of young enthusiasts who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But his visionary imagination also led him into the occult community thriving in 1930s Los Angeles, and when fantasy's pull became stronger  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Jack Parsons; Jack Parsons
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: George Pendle
ISBN: 0156031795 9780156031790
OCLC Number: 67998800
Description: 350 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Responsibility: George Pendle.

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A lonely misfit born into a wealthy Pasadena family, as a boy Parsons read science fiction and launched rockets in his backyard. By his early twenties, he was a leader of Caltech's "Suicide Squad," the motley band of young enthusiasts who founded the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. But his visionary imagination also led him into the occult community thriving in 1930s Los Angeles, and when fantasy's pull became stronger than reality, he lost both his work and his wife. With a cast of characters that includes Aleister Crowley, Howard Hughes, L. Ron Hubbard, Robert Heinlein, Theodore von Kármán, and Albert Einstein, this book recovers a fascinating life and explores the unruly consequences of genius.

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