Alexander Bolonkin is an internationally recognized scientist in in the fields of aviation, cosmonautics, mathematics, and computer science. He is is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Space Agency, Chairman of the Space Flights section, member of the Advisory Board of Lifeboat Foundation and its Space Settlement, and former Senior Researcher at NASA. He is the founding President of International Association of Former Soviet Political Prisoners and Victims of the Communist Regime (IASPPV) and a co-founder and co-chair of the Board of American Russian-Speaking Association for Civil & Human Rights (ARA), the national advocacy organization of Russian-Americans.
Born in 1933 in Perm, Russia (then Soviet Union), Alexander Bolonkin graduated with honors from College of Aviation, obtained graduate degrees in Kazan, Kiev, and Moscow Aviation Institutes, and defended his dissertation (“Optimal Trajectories of Multistate Rockets”) at Leningrad Politechnic University. Worked in Soviet aviation, rocket, and space industries, including on the team of designers of aircrafts AN-8, AN-225 et al, as professor and lecturer, and as Project Director at Moscow Aviation Institute, Moscow Aviation Technological Institute, Bauman Higher Technological University etc.
In 1972, Alexander Bolonkin was arrested for distributing the works of Andrey Sakharov and Alexander Solzhenitsyn. He spent 15 years in confinement until his release by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, after which he was expelled from Soviet Union and deprived of his Soviet citizenship.
In 1988, he came to the United States as a political refugee. Since then, he worked as a mathematician in Sherson Lehman Hutton (American Express), as a Senior Researcher in Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of New York University, and as a Senior Research Associate in Wright Laboratory, Flight Dynamic Directorate (Dayton, Ohio). He taught as professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Computer and Information Department. For two years, he worked as Senior Research Associate at NASA (Dryden Flight Research Center) in Edwards, CA. His publications in the United States include ”Development of Soviet Rocket engines for Strategic Missiles” (Delphic Ass., 1991) and a chapter in the book, “Development Technology in the Soviet Union” (Delphic Ass., USA, 1990). Overall, he is the author of 60 scientific articles and 13 patented inventions.
Alexander Bolonkin’s selected publications in English:
Non-Rocket Space Launch and Flight, Elsevier, 2005
New Concepts, Ideas, Innovations in Aerospace, Technology and Human Science, NOVA, NY, 2006
“Macro-Projects: Environments and Technologies”, (with R. Cathcart), NOVA, NY, 2007
Universe, Human Immortality and Future Human Evaluation. Scribd. NY, 2010
Femtotechnologies and revolutionary projects. LAP, Germany, 2011