Born: 1941-08-21. Died: 2010-07-24. Birth Place: Austria.
Wikipedia: Klaus Peter Heiss (born August 21, 1941 in Brixen, South Tyrol; died July 24, 2010) was a space scientist, NASA space expert, and US government adviser.
Klaus Peter Heiss' life was in science and space exploration. He also worked for many years for the right to vote for Austrian expatriates.
After attending the Franciscan school in Bolzano, Klaus Peter Heiss studied at the Vienna University of Economics. He was an active member of the GAB Aggstein Vienna in ÍKV. In Vienna he studied under Professor Oskar Morgenstern of the University of Princeton. In 1964 Heiss received his PhD, studied at the Bocconi in Milan, and then went to Princeton University in the US, where he worked as an assistant to Professor Oskar Morgenstern.
Heiss dealt there with the game theory, econometric research, business mathematics and the peaceful uses of atomic energy. He designed models for arms control, disarmament and transport systems. His research contributed to the development of the Space Shuttle. Heiss was the initiator of the Columbus 500 Space Sail Cup, whereby the solar light pressure should be used for the Space Transportation, further he developed proposals for space communications and space defense.
Heiss was the founder, president and CEO of Econ Inc, founder and president of Three Sigma Group, and a founding member of the High Frontier Europe. When it comes to space communications Heiss founded Oeco Tel, with headquarters in Vienna, which was later bought out by Bank Austria. Heiss brought decisive progress the private financing of space transportation (Space Tran Corp), which ultimately led to a fundamental reorientation of US space policy. Because Heiss pointed out the possibilities of remote sensing systems from space, he was banned in 1984 from the United States under laws prohibiting private ownership of appropriate remote sensing data.
In 1990 and 1994 Heiss stood in Vienna without success in the election campaign with a program that he called the modified Tyrolean freedoms: right to vote for all at home and abroad, compliance with the tripartite division of state power, abolition of party discipline in parliament and other compulsory memberships, evaluating the workink abilities of senior citizens, and privatization of state property and of all state monopolies.
His last years were spent in Brixen. 24 July 2010 Heiss succumbed to the complications of cancer.
Heiss' professional achievements have been recognized with awards, most recently, in 2009, he received the Medal of Honor of the city of Brixen. For this purpose, the "NASA Public Service Award" for outstanding achievements in the coming US space program (1981) and the "NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal" for exceptional pioneering work in space research (2008).
Heiss received the Golden Medal of Honour of the Austrians for his long, 20 year, ultimately successful, battle for the right to vote for Austrian citizens living abroad.