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Jack Parsons
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    (October 2, 1914-June 17, 1952)
    Born in Los Angeles, California
    Birth name was Marvel Whiteside Parsons
    Rocket scientist and occultist
    Founder of the Jet Propulsion Lab
    Led a lodge of Aleister Crowley's Ordo Templi Orientis
    Died from an explosion of fulminate of mercury at his home laboratory
    He claimed in his diaries to have summoned Satan when he was 13.
    He would chant Crowley's hymn to Pan before rocket launches.
    He had an affair with his wife's half-sister.
    He proclaimed himself the Antichrist.
    He teamed up with L. Ron Hubbard for 'Babalon [sic] Working,' an attempt to bring forth an elemental 'moonchild.'
    Conspiracy theorists have claimed his death was a suicide, a murder or a magic ritual gone wrong.
    Fortean Times described him as looking 'like a better-fed James Dean in a 1950s road movie.'
    He created the first successful solid rocket fuel.
    Hubbard eventually ran off with $20,000 of Parson's money and his girlfriend.
    Defying the stereotype of scientists as nerdy loners, he held a lot of orgies.
    A crater on the dark side of the Moon was named after him.

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