HALL OF FAME
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Mr. Edward O. Noble
National Range Technical Assistant
Edward O. Noble was born on May 1, 1927 in Liberty
Hill, Texas. He attended Texas Agricultural and Industrial University in
Kingsville, Texas, where he earned degrees in physics and chemistry.
Noble started work at White Sands in 1952 as a GS-05
physicist. In just seven years he advanced from that position to a supervisory
physicist administrator job at the GS-15 level.
During a career that lasted through the end of 1979
Noble was cited for his outstanding work as a scientist, engineer and manager.
During the entire time he played a major role in developing and acquiring
state-of-the-art instruments to meet the testing needs of the missile range’s
customers. When he retired Noble was technical assistant to the National Range
In addition to his distinguished career with White
Sands, Noble served as a city commissioner of Las Cruces from 1958 to 1962 and
was mayor from 1960 to 1962. At a time when relations were sometimes strained
between the city and the missile range, Noble is credited with laying the
groundwork for a closer and more cordial relationship between the two.
Many missile range people played important roles in
developing and nurturing the idea of the extension areas on the north and west
sides of the range. Noble was a major driver in getting the initial extension
established especially when it came to convincing officials in Washington that
it was a valuable and workable idea.
Under Noble's guidance the missile range developed and
published the "Range Users Handbook." This document has become the bible for
conducting tests at White Sands.
Finally, Noble piloted the way in another modernization
effort when he led the successful endeavor to obtain the High Energy Laser
Systems Test Facility at White Sands.
During Noble's career his more notable awards include
the Meritorious Civilian Service Award and the Decoration for Exceptional
He and his wife Mari live in Mesilla Park, NM and have
two sons, John and Jim, who work for TRAC and NR.