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|Author Homer Hickam Jr.|
|Birthday/Birthplace||Homer Hadley Hickam Jr.
(1943-02-19) February 19, 1943
Coalwood, West Virginia, United States
|School(s)||BS in Industrial Engineering (1964)|
|College(s)||Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University|
|Genre||Memoirs, Historical Fiction|
|Notable works||Rocket Boys: A Memoir
Back to the Moon
The Josh Thurlow series
The Coalwood Way
Sky of Stone
We Are Not Afraid
|Spouse||Linda Terry Hickam|
|Family||Homer Hickam (father)
Elsie Hickam (mother)
Jim Hickam (brother)
|Years of service||1964–1970|
|Unit||Fourth Infantry Division|
|Awards Won||Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star|
Homer Hadley Hickam, Jr. (February 19, 1943) is a NASA American aerospace engineer, astronaut trainer, renowned American Science Fiction writer and veteran of the Vietnam War whose motivational autobiographical book Rocket’s Boy: A Memoir (1998), made it known locally and worldwide.
Homer Hickam’s Biography
Homer Hadley Hickam, Jr., was born in the coal town of Coalwood, West Virginia in 1943, into a struggling family dedicated to the extraction of coal. Homer was the second son of Homer Hickam Sr., a superintendent of the Coalwood mine.
While in High School in 1958, his teacher Frieda Riley motivated him to attend the Science Expo in Indianapolis with a rocket project, despite the opposition of his father who expected his son to succeed him in his position as a miner. Together with a group of friends (Quentin Wilson, Roy Lee Cooke, Jimmy “O’Dell” Carroll, Willie “Billy” Rose and Sherman Siers), they managed to develop a rocket and present it at the National Science Fair in 1960, achieving recognition and an award of gold and silver; and a scholarship to study at the Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University (Virginia Tech), graduating as an Industrial Engineer to later graduate in Aerospace Engineering Sciences.
Hickman served in the Vietnam War in the 4th Infantry Division during 1967 and 1968, remaining in the Army for six years being relieved of service with the rank of captain. He was enlisted as an engineer in the Army Missile Command between 1971 and 1981 and later that year he went to NASA as an aerospace engineer in charge of the Hubble Space Telescope Project and in the training of generations of astronauts in extravehicular activities (EVA), besides the design of spacecraft and the SolarMax project.
Being fond of diving, in 1984 he performed a heroic act in rescuing passengers who were sinking in a boat on the Tennessee River. He also became an amateur paleontologist cooperating in the search for the remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
He retired in 1998 from the position of Director of Payload for the International Space Station Program.
Already retired, he dedicated himself to writing with the help of his wife Linda Terry a series of books related to his personal life in a motivational way and his life experiences in coal mining, war, space science and the science fiction with which it has obtained good reception in the American market.
He currently resides alternately between his home in Alabama and the Virgin Islands.
Homer Hickam Net Worth – $1 Million
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