Status: Deceased; Active 1967-1967. Born: 1935-10-02. Died: 1967-12-08. Birth Place: Illinois.
America's first astronaut of African-American heritage, he was born in Chicago Illinois. He received a BS in chemistry from Bradley University in 1956, and a doctorate in nuclear chemistry from Ohio State University in 1965. He was a Major in the USAF when selected for MOL Group 3 in 1967. On December 8, 1967, while practicing zoom landings in an F-104B with Major Harvey Royer, the F-104 came they were flying came in too low and hit the runway. Royer ejected and survived, but Lawrence was killed. He left behind a wife and one son. Died in Edwards AFB, California.
The group was selected to provide crews for flights of the Manned Orbiting Laboratory, a classified military manned space station.. Qualifications: Qualified military pilot; graduate of Aerospace Research Pilot School; serving military officer; US citizen by birth..