Dr. David Wolf, former NASA astronaut, has been named as the newest “Extraordinary-Scientist-in-Residence” at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. An Indy native, Wolf was born in Indianapolis, IN and attended North Central High School. He attended Purdue University for his undergraduate education, earning a degree with honors distinction in Electrical Engineering in 1978. While obtaining a Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, Dr. Wolf trained as a flight surgeon for the United States Air Force (USAF). Dr. Wolf graduated from IU in 1982 and completed his medical internship and flight surgeon training in 1983.
From 1983 to 2004, Dr. Wolf served as the USAF senior flight surgeon in the Air National Guard. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Selected to be a part of the NASA Class of 1990, Dr. Wolf completed 7 spacewalks in both Russian and American suits. He has totaled an impressive 128 days, 12 hours, 56 minutes, and 04 seconds in space. As a doctor, he has researched and developed several important advances on cardiovascular physiology in microgravity.