Brian O'Leary Curriculum Vitae
and Selected Bibliography

Dr. Brian O'Leary

Brian Todd O'Leary

Professor, Former Astronaut, Futurist, Author, Space and Energy Scientist, Public Speaker.
Born January 27, 1940 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Hobbies include photography, hiking, cartooning, jazz piano and yoga.


B.A., physics, Williams College, 1961
M.A., astronomy, Georgetown University, 1964
Ph.D., astronomy, Univ. of Calif., Berkeley, 1967
Certificate, Spirital Counseling, Santa Monica University, CA, 1986
Graduated, Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course, Grass Valley, CA, 2002.


1961-62 Physicist, Aeronomy and Meteorology Div., NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

1963-64 Teacher, mathematics, Calvin Coolidge High School, Washington, D.C.

1964-67 Reaearch Assistant, Space Sciences Lab., Univ. of California, Berkeley

1967-68 Scientist-astronaut, NASA Manned Spacecraft Center, Houston, TX

1968-69 Research Associate Astronomer, Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY

1969-71 Assistant Professor of Astronomy, Cornell

1970-71 Visiting Faculty, Calif. Institute of Technology and Deputy Team Leader, Mariner 10 Venus-Mercury TV Science Team

1971-72 Associate Professor of Astronomy and Inter- disciplinary Sciences, San Francisco State University

1971-72 Visiting Associate Professor, School of Law, Univ. of California, Berkeley

1972-75 Assistant Professor of Astronomy and Science Policy Assessment, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

1975-76 Special Staff Consultant on Energy, U.S. House Interior Committee subcommittee on energy and the environment; consultant, U.S. Senate Government Operations Comm.

1976-81 Research staff and Lecturer, Department of Physics, Princeton University, NJ

1979-80 Special Projects Editor, Sky & Telescope Magazine, Cambridge, MA

1980-81 Special Consultant on the Space Program, Omni Magazine, New York, NY

1980-82 Consultant, MIT Sloane School, Cambridge, MA; Anticipatory Sciences, Minneapolis, MN

1982-87 Senior Scientist, Science Applications International Corp., Hermosa Beach, CA

1986-87 President, Mars Anomalies Research Society

1986-87 Visiting Lecturer in Physics, California State University, Long Beach

2003- Professor, Masters Degree Program in Transformational Psychology, University of Philosophical Research, Los Angeles, CA.

Honors and Offices Held:

1970-76 Secretary, Planetology Section, American Geophysical Union

1974-75 Recipient of NASA Distinguished Group Achievement Award, Mariner 10 Mission

1975- Fellow, American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science

1976-79 Nominating Committee, American Astronomical Society Division of Planetary Sciences

1977 Team Leader, Asteroidal Resources Group, NASA Ames Summer Study on Space Settlements

1983-85 Board, American Space Foundation

1987-88 Chairman, Board of Directors, Institute for Security and Cooperation in Space, Wash, DC

1990 Founding Board Member, International Assoc. for New Science, Ft. Collins, CO.

1998 Board of Advisors, Institute of Ecolonomics

2003 Founding President, New Energy Movement, Berkeley, CA.

Trade Books published:

1970 The Making of an ex-Astronaut, Houghton-Mifflin. Published also in Britain and France and excerpted in Saturday Review, The Nation, The New Scientist, Stern, Psychology Today, Ladies Home Journal and several newspapers.

1981 The Fertile Stars, Everest House, NY; excerpted in Omni and Quest '81.

1983 Project Space Station, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA, excerpted in High Technology

1983 Spaceship Titanic (with Richard Duprey), Dodd Mead and Company, NY. 1987 Mars 1999, Stackpole Books, Harrisburg, PA.

1989 Exploring Inner and Outer Space: A Scientist's Perspective on Personal and Planetary Transformation, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, CA.

1993 The Second Coming of Science: An Intimate Report on the New Science, North Atlantic.

1996 Miracle in the Void: Free Energy, UFOs and Other Scientific Revelations, ISBN 0-9647826-0-X.

2003 Re-Inheriting the Earth: Awakening to Sustainable Solutions and Greater Truths, ISBN 0-939040-37-9.

Technical Books Edited:

1977 Space-Based Manufacturing from Non-Terrestrial Materials (with G.K. O'Neill), Vol. 57 of Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, AIAA, New York.

1980 Space Resources and Space Settlements (with John Billingham and William Gilbreath), NASA SP-428.

1981 The New Solar System (with J. Kelly Beatty and Andrew Chaiken), Cambridge University Press and Sky Publishing Corp.

1982 Space Industrialization, vols. 1 and 2, CRC Press Uniscience Series, Boca Raton, FL.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Scientific Papers Published:


O'Leary, "A revised upper limit of NO2 in the Martian atmosphere", Pub. Astonomical Society of the Pacific.

Rea, O'Leary and Sinton, "Mars: the origin of the 3.58- and 3.69 mu bands in its infrared spectrum", Science, 147, 1286.

Rea and O'Leary, "Visible polarization data of Mars", Nature, 206, 1138.


O'Leary, "On the occurrence and nature of planets outside the solar system", Icarus, 5, 419.

O'Leary, "The presence of ice in the Venus atmosphere as inferred from a halo effect" Astrophysical Journal, 146, 754.


O'Leary and Rea, "On the polarimetric evidence for an atmosphere on Mercury", Astrophysical Journal, 148, 249.

O'Leary and Rea, "The influence of topography on the formation of temporary bright patches on Mars", Science, 155, 317.

O'Leary, "The opposition effect of Mars", Astrophysical Journal, 149, L147.

O'Leary, "Mars: visible and near infrared studies and the composition of the surface", Ph.D. thesis, Univ. of California, Berkeley; abstract in Astronomical Journal, 72, 317.


O'Leary and Rea, "On the composition of the Venus clouds", Journal of Geophysical Research. O'Leary, "The opposition effect of Mars and its implications", Icarus, 9, 405.

O'Leary, "The influence of lunar mascons on its dynamical figure", Nature, 220, 1309.


O'Leary, Campbell and Sagan, "Lunar and planetary mass concentrations", Science, 165, 651. Campbell,

O'Leary and Sagan, "Moon: two new mascon basins", Science, 164, 1273.

O'Leary and Pollack, "A critique on Egan's paper (on polarimetry of Mars)", Icarus, 10, 238.


Gold, Campbell and O'Leary, "Optical and high- frequency electrical properties of the lunar sample", Science, 167, 707.

O'Leary and Briggs, "Optical properties of the Apollo 11 lunar samples", Journal of Geophys. Research, 75, 6532.

O'Leary, "Venus halo: photometric evidence for ice in the Venus clouds", Icarus, 13, 292.

O'Leary and Jackel, "The 1969 opposition effect of Mars: full disk, Syrtis Major and Arabia", Icarus, 13, 437.

Thompson, Pollack, Campbell, O'Leary and Zisk, "Radar maps of the Moon at 3.8 and 70 cm wavelengths and their interpretation, Radio Science, 5, 253.


O'Leary and Veverka, "On the anomalous bright- ening of Io after eclipse", Icarus, 14, 265.

Murray, O'Leary et al, "Imaging of Mercury and Venus from a flyby", Icarus, 15, 153.

Taylor, O'Leary et al, "The occultation of Beta Scorpii C by Io on 1971 May 14", Nature, 234, 406.


O'Leary, "Frequencies of occultations of stars by planets, satellites and asteroids", Science, 175, 1108.

Ward and O'Leary, "Search for a Venus halo effect during 1970", Icarus, 16, 314.

O'Leary and Van Flandern, "Io's triaxial figure", Icarus, 17, 209.


O'Leary and Briggs, "Optical Properties of the Apollo 12 lunar samples", J. Geophys. Res, 73, 793.

O'Leary and Miner, "Another possible post-eclipse brightening of Io", Icarus, 20, 18.

Carlson, O'Leary et al, "An atmosphere on Ganymede from its occultation of SAO 186800 on 7 June 1972, Science, 182, 53.


Murray, O'Leary et al, "Venus: atmospheric motion, and structure from Mariner 10 pictures, Science, 183, 1307.

same authors, "Mariner 10 pictures of Mercury: first results", Science, 184, 459.

same authors, "Mercury's surface: preliminary description and interpretation from Mariner 10 pictures", Science, 185, 169.


O'Leary, "Venus: vertical structure of strato-sheric hazes from Mariner 10 pictures", J. of Atmospheric Science, 32, 1091.

O'Leary, "Comments on Mariner 10 and Ground-based UV observations of Venus, Conference on the atmosphere of Venus, Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Oct. 1974, pp. 63-68.

O'Leary, "Stratospheric hazes from Mariner 10 limb pictures of Venus", ibid, pp. 129-32.

O'Leary, "R & D: the thin edge of a wedge, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.


O'Leary et al, "The occultation of Kappa Geminorum by Eros", Icarus, 28, 133.


O'Leary, "Stellar occultations by planetary satellites", edit. J.Burns, U. of Arizona Press

O'Leary, "Food and rawmaterials supply from space to the Earth", World Conference on the Scarcity of Food and Raw Materials, Santiago, Chile.

O'Leary, "The construction of satellite solar power stations from non-terrestrial materials", AIAA Publication 77-354 and AIAA Journal of Energy.

O'Leary, Heppenheimer and Kaplan, "Trajectory Analysis for material transfer from the Moon to the space manufacturing facility", from vol. 57 of Progress in Astronautics and Aeronautics, edit. by O'Neill and O'Leary.

O'Leary, "Mining the Apollo and Amor Asteroids" Science, 197, 363. O'Leary, "Mass driver retrievals of earth-approaching asteroids", Space Manufacturing Facilities II, AIAA, New York.

O'Leary, "The construction of satellite solar power stations from non-terrestrial materials: feasibility and economics", International Conf. on Alternative energy sources, Miami, FL.


O'Leary, "Project Columbus 1992", Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, 33, March. 1978 O'Leary, "Resource potentials of asteroid capture", in Macro-Engineering and the Infra-structure of Tomorrow, edit. Davidson et al, AAAS and Westview Press, Boulder, CO.

O'Leary, "Limits to growth implications of space settlements", in Prospects for Life in the Universe: The Ultimate Limits, edit. Gale, AAAS and Westview Press, Boulder, CO.


O'Leary, "Asteroid mining", Astronomy, 6, Nov. 1979

O'Leary, "Space agriculture and the world food problem", Space Humanization Series, 1, 115.

O'Leary, Gaffey and Helin, "An assessment of near-Earth asteroidal resources", NASA SP-428, edit. by O'Leary et al.

O'Leary et al, "Retrieval of asteroidal materials", NASA SP-428.

O'Leary and O'Neill, "Space manufacturing, satellite power and human exploration", Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, 4. 3.

O'Leary, "Asteroidal resources for space manufacturing", Acta Astronautica, 6, 1467.


O'Leary, "Asteroid prospecting and retrieval", Space Manufacturing Facilities III, AIAA, NY O'Leary et al, "The role of space technology in the developing countries", NGO Forum on Science and Technology for Development, Vienna.


O'Leary and O'Neill, "Space Manufacturing from non-terrestrial materials", Space Industrialization I, O'Leary edit., CRC Press, Boca Raton. O'Leary, "Asteroidal resources for space manufacturing", ibid.


O'Leary, "Mining the earth-approaching asteroids for their precious and strategic metals", Advances in Astronautical Sciences, vol. 53, American Astronautical Society.


O'Leary, "Phobos and Deimos as resource and exporation centers, Case for Mars II, Science and Technology Series, 62, American Astronautical Society. O'Leary, "Phobos and Deimos (PhD): concept for an early human mission for resources and science", Space Manufacturing 5, AIAA, NY.


O'Leary, "Mars 1999: a concept for high leverage water and fuel processing on Phobos and Deimos", Space Manufacturing 6, AIAA, NY.


O'Leary, "Analysis of the images of the 'face' on Mars and possible intelligent origin", Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, 43, 203.


Publications since 1990 are incorporated in Dr. O'Leary's most recent books. Also, through the years, over 100 op-ed and magazine pieces and congressional testimonies on space priorities have been published.

Public speaking events include over 1000 venues worldwide.