EKU Alum Thomas Logsdon named an inventor of the GPS

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A global system that powers modern life was produced by decades of experimentation and hundreds of brilliant minds.

Officials say one of those minds is an Eastern Kentucky University Colonel.

Tom Logsdon, a 1959 graduate of EKU, was recently named one of 28 official inventors of the GPS by the U.S. Air Force.

Logsdon’s fingerprints are all over the project that became GPS.

As an engineer for Rockwell International, he determined the number of satellites required and the best altitude, inclination and spacing for the GPS satellite constellation.

What many of the world’s brightest minds struggled to figure out, Logsdon calculated in three days without any digital aid.

“I am not opposed to computers,” said Logsdon. “It’s just faster, at times, to solve problems without them.”

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