Frederick L. Scarf 1930”1988



Frederick L. Scarf, chief scientist for Space Research and Technology in the Applied Technology Division of TRW Space and Technology Group, died suddenly July 17, while in Moscow attending the launch of the Russian missions to Phobos.

Fred died “with his boots on,” carrying out responsibilities that combined scientific, political, and international cooperation with the adventure and excitement of space exploration he loved so well. His presence in Moscow symbolized a reinvigorated era of Soviet-American cooperation: Both Phobos spacecraft carried into space the newest Soviet built plasma wave experiments, in which Fred was an invited coinvestigator. On his last conscious day, Fred impressed his colleagues with his enthusiasm for the successful deployment of the Phobos plasma wave antennae, an enthusiasm as great as his pleasure at the deployment of his first experiment 20 years earlier.