While the main language of the lecture is Western Armenian, I felt the need to give the first section in a bilingual fashion, alternating with English. I chose to do this because I was explaining difficult concepts in mathematics and physics in Armenian with mostly new terminology that was distributed as a glossary to the attendees; yet those same notions might become more familiar if I explained them in English.
During the last part of the lecture, when I was discussing how Viktor Hampartsoumyan’s dream could become an inspiration to launch an international Armenian astronaut project, I am grateful to Sako Mekhgeavakian, an observant and regularly-attending student of the Armenian Studies classes, for pointing out that we already had one, in the person of James Bagian. While I knew of him, I had not realized that he had actually flown into space; I thought that he was recruited, but like many that do get recruited, he stayed in other important ground roles. It turns out that James Bagian has flown to space twice once in 1989 and a second time in 1991. I therefore acknowledge my error. I have since done my homework. Dr. Bagian’s NASA bio can be found here. He currently heads the National Center for Patient Safety of the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs. However, my recommendations at the end of the lecture still remain valid.
I read your article in a hurry at work because of the name Victor Hampartsoumyan. I wanted to ask you whether you also knew Dr. Edward Keonjian, his first cousin, who also worked on the NASA space program and micro electronics?
My grandmother Margaret Kamsarakan was first cousin to both of them….
Viktor Hampartsoumyan – The Man With His Heart In Our Mountains
Armenians should feel very proud of the great work achieved by Victor Hampartsoumyan. One of his contributions was about discovering the birth of stars.
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