Daniel Goldin
9th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
In office
April 1, 1992 – November 17, 2001
PresidentGeorge H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George W. Bush
Preceded byRichard H. Truly
Succeeded bySean O'Keefe
Personal details
Daniel Saul Goldin

(1940-07-23) July 23, 1940 (age 83)
New York City
SpouseJudy Goldin (m. 1962)
Alma materCity College of New York, B.S. 1962
OccupationFounder of Cold Canyon AI
Known forLongest-tenured Administrator of NASA

Daniel Saul Goldin (born July 23, 1940) served as the 9th and longest-tenured Administrator of NASA from April 1, 1992, to November 17, 2001. He was appointed by President George H. W. Bush and also served under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He is an entrepreneur and technologist. Most recently he is the founder of Cold Canyon AI, an innovation advisory company. His career has spanned numerous technologies and businesses in space science, aeronautics, national security, semiconductors, and artificial intelligence.

Early life

Born in New York City, Goldin earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the City College of New York in 1962.


He began his career at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio that year (1962), and worked on electric propulsion systems for human interplanetary travel. Goldin left NASA after five years to work at the TRW Space and Technology Group in Redondo Beach, California. Goldin spent 25 years at TRW, climbing to the position of Vice President and General Manager.[1] There, he spent much of his time on classified military and intelligence space programs.[2]

He was NASA Administrator from 1992 to 2001, and was known for his support for a "Faster, better, cheaper" philosophy.[3] He was known as a demanding but efficient manager.[2]

Upon joining NASA, Goldin reflected on the failed Mars Observer project and described his dissatisfaction with the agency's workflow: "so much is riding on each flight that NASA can't afford to have them fail — leading to more caution, delay, and expense."[2] He said to make spacecraft smaller, lighter, and inexpensive, so that NASA could take more risks and not fear making mistakes.[2] He encouraged the team defining what would become the James Webb Space Telescope to use a larger beryllium mirror.[3]


  1. ^ Mars, Kelli (April 1, 2022). "30 Years Ago: Daniel Goldin Sworn in as NASA's Ninth Administrator".
  2. ^ a b c d Lambright, W. Henry (2014). Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration (1 ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-4214-1279-5.
  3. ^ a b Space science: The telescope that ate astronomy Nature Billings 2010

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Government offices Preceded byRichard H. Truly NASA Administrator 1992–2001 Succeeded byDaniel Mulville