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Richard Horace (Dick) Battin, who developed and led the analytic and software design of the Apollo spacecraft primary control, guidance and navigation system that landed men on the moon, died February 8, 2014 at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA, the Boston Globe reported.
Dick received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering in 1945 and a Ph.D. in applied mathematics in 1951 — both from MIT. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree in 1999 from Texas A&M University. From 1951 to 1956 he was an Assistant Director of the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory and from 1956 to 1958 senior staff member at Arthur D. Little, Inc.

In 1958 he returned to the Instrumentation Laboratory (later named the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory) and subsequently served as Technical Director, Apollo Mission Development and Laboratory Associate Director. He retired from Draper in 1987 as Associate Head of the NASA program department and continued his MIT teaching activities until 2010.

NASA's oral history with Richard Battin can be read here.

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Among the pioneering students of Dick Battin's MIT Astrodynamics Course were Apollo 11 LMP Buzz Aldrin (1961), Apollo 15 CDR Dave Scott (1962), and Apollo 14 LMP Ed Mitchell (1963).

Battin wrote Introduction to the Mathematics and Methods of Astrodynamics previously titled Astronautical Guidance (1964).

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I remember during a class I asked Prof Battin a question about orbital mechanics. He looked at me and said that I would have to take his class to get the answer.

Everybody said (including two Apollo astronauts) he was a tough teacher, but I wish I had the chance to take his class.

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