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Donald D. Clayton outside his Rice University office on the second floor of the Space Science Laboratory at Rice University in 1982. Rice Stadium stands in the background. It was here in Rice Stadium in 1961 that President John F. Kennedy delivered his public address with the challenge to put a man on the moon. Clayton was a founding member of this department in 1963. The Space Science Laboratory was built in 1966. The years 1967-77 were "golden years" for nuclear astrophysics at Rice.

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