Sc.D., Ph.D., a chemist recruited by Mary
Lou Martin to make cold light production feasible. After his father was
driven out of business by exorbitant power costs, he and Mary Lou developed a
process that used solar collectors to generate cheap, plentiful electricity.
They responded to threats and harassment from the power companies by making
the process known to anyone who wanted it, requiring a low enough licensing
fee to make its widespread use inevitable. Mary Lou called him "Butch."
(mentioned in passing by George
Strong in To Sail Beyond the Sunset)
Douglas (no first name)
Archibald Douglas' father, a manufacturer who provided the funds for
Biochemist and ecologist with numerous degrees and a particular interest
in bioluminosity. She contacted Archibald
Douglas to discuss his research into chemical light sources. Together they
developed a process for producing cheap and plentiful light and power. They
eventually married. Her research paper Co-lateral Symbiosis of the Boll
Weevil is mentioned.
Society was founded by Virginia Heinlein on behalf of her husband, science
fiction author Robert Anson Heinlein, to "pay forward" the legacy of Robert A. Heinlein to future generations of "Heinlein's Children."