Charles Kohlhase (born 1935) worked for forty years at NASA/JPL leading the design of several robotic deep-space planetary missions. He is also an author, game developer and lecturer.
Kohlhase graduated with honors from The McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1953, with honors for a BS degree in Physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1957, and with a Masters of Engineering degree from UCLA in 1968. He served as a LTJG on the US Navy aircraft carriers Essex and Independence from 1957–1959 as the assistant electrical officer of a nuclear weapons team.
Work at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Kohlhase led the design of many deep-space missions during his extended career, including Mariner, Viking, Voyager, and Cassini missions. For his sustained robotic exploration contributions over the last 40 years of the 20th century and solid success record, he received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and has an