Atomics plant engineer relieved of duty by Dr. Silard
when his behavior patterns changed. He was put to work on research, and
developed an atomic fuel suitable for space flight.
Delos D. Harriman
Business tycoon who inspired and largely funded many space-related
endeavors, including the first trip to the moon. Harriman is mentioned
indirectly in most of the Future History stories, mostly in businesses and
institutions bearing his name. In "Blowups Happen", he is the founder of
Rockets Consolidated, and he underwrote the first issue of Antarctic
Thomas P. Harrington
Mathematician and director of the U.S. Naval Observatory. He raised fears
that the atomic plants were unstable and may blow up.
Foremost authority on situational psychoses who was brought in to assess
the crisis at the Paradise,
Arizona, atomics plant. He saw no way to solve the problem of increasing
neuroses among plant workers, but worked with officials there to have power
stations located in Earth orbit.
Scientist who published a monograph on vulcanology "proving" that lunar
craters could not have been caused by volcanic action.
Dr. Silard (no first name)
Psychiatrist in charge of the workers' mental health at the Paradise,
Arizona, power planet. He eventually broke down himself from job stress.
Slang for psychologist.
Steinke (no first name)
Former engineer at the Paradise,
Arizona atomic plant, who suffering a blanking of his mathematical
abilities and was rehabilitated as an office worker. He regained his skills
while reacting to an emergency.
Society was founded by Virginia Heinlein on behalf of her husband, science
fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein, to "pay forward" the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein to future generations of "Heinlein's Children."