HALL OF FAME
E-Mail: Museum Director
Mr. Gabriel E. Galos
Chief, Optics Division
Gabriel E. Galos was born February 11, 1915. He is a
1933 graduate of Maryhurst Normal High School in Kirkwood, Missouri. In 1937
he obtained a bachelor's degree in math and physics from St. Mary's University
in San Antonio, Texas. He earned a master's degree in biophysics from St.
Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1941.
In 1952 Galos came to White Sands Proving Ground as an
electronics scientist for the newly organized Flight Determination Laboratory.
During his tenure in FDL, he directed activities to insure data reduction
equipment and procedures were modernized in step with developments in data
Galos was among the first to realize the vulnerability
and sensitivity of guided missile weapon systems to electro-magnetic radiation
effects. Because of Galos' work in this area, WSMR was named the official Army
test agency for Electro-Magnetic Radiation Effects investigations.
Galos pioneered the development of testing techniques
and instrumentation to acquire and track missiles in flight. His efforts in
this area resulted in the development of the Remote Control Telescope. Because
of the telescope, new missile programs brought to WSMR could be tested without
being hazardous to telescope operators.
The Laser Ranging and Tracking System was developed and
tested under Galos' direction in 1973. This system is one of the earliest
examples of a tracking system that is under the complete control of a
mini-computer. The system provided the technology to acquire and track a class
of small, fast missiles which conventional optical and radar systems could not
Galos served as Chief of the Optics Division of the
Instrumentation Directorate from 1975 until his retirement in 1977. He now
lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico.