Robert Farquhar was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1932. He has worked and published in the space industry since 1959, holding senior positions at NASA from 1966 to 1990. In 1978,he served as the Flight Director for the first libration-point mission, ISEE-3. From 1990 to 2007, he worked at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he was the Mission Director for four deep-space missions, NEAR, CONTOUR, MESSENGER, AND New Horizons. From 2007 to 2008, he held the Charles A. Lindbergh Chair for Aerospace History at the National Air and Space Museum.