Alton B. Moody


Alton B. Moody
Thatcher, AZ, USA
Associated organizations
United States Naval Academy
Fields of study


Captain Alton B. Moody was born in Thatcher, Arizona, on 28 July 1911. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy, in 1935, and was an experienced air and sea navigator.

Moody taught navigation at the Naval Academy, and wrote or edited several widely-used books and a number of articles on navigation. He was chairman of a group that in 1961 conducted a long-range scientific study of navigation for NATO. Moody received much recognition as well as the Thurlow Award for the outstanding contribution to the science of navigation. In February 1962, he became Chief, Navigational Systems of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Moody was president of the Institute of Navigation and a member of the Board of Governors of the American Polar Society, the New York Academy of Sciences, the AAAS, and the Scientific Research Society of America.