Full record for astrogator n.

Definition one who practices astrogation
OED requirements antedating 1931
Earliest cite David Lasser, "the Conquest of Space"
Comment Bill Seabrook located and Mike Christie confirmed a Feb 1942 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's "Medusa".
Rick Hauptmann submitted a cite from a reprint of Robert Heinlein's "Universe"; Mike Christie verified it in the original 1941 magazine appearance.
Rick Hauptmann submitted a 1935 cite from Stanley Weinbaum's "The Planet of Doubt".
Adam Buchbinder submitted a 1931 cite from David Lasser's "the Conquest of Space"

Earliest cite in the OED: Nov 1942
Earliest cite in Brave New Words: 1935

Last modified 25 June, 2009

Citations for astrogator n.

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1931 D. Lasser The Conquest of Space 211 Surely a complete faith in the laws of mathematics and astronomy must be the first requisite of the interplanetary astrogator.
1935 S. G. Weinbaum in Astounding Stories Oct. 126/2 ‘Not with a woman aboard,’ grunted the astrogator.
1935 S. G. Weinbaum in Astounding Stories Oct. 108/1 Harbord was a good astrogator.
1942 ‘T. Sturgeon’ in Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 80/2 Your job is to tend the control machinery, and to act as assistant astrogator no matter what happens.
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1975) ii. 30 So you want to be an astrogator?
1953 R. A. Heinlein Starman Jones (1980) xx. 186 I'll astrogate—shucks, I suppose it's all right to call me the astrogator, under the circumstances.
1988 A. C. Clarke 2061: Odyssey Three 144 The astrogator was carrying a set of charts, and seemed a little ill at ease.
1993 D. Carey Great Starship Race xix. 260 In minutes there were only a few amber lights left on the panels‥and the milky glow of Chekov's navigation astrogator.
1994 B. Hambly Crossroad ii.17 My astrogator and supercargo. We're free traders.
1995 J. Barnes Kaleidoscope Cent. (1996) 250 Don't try to hack the control systems—you could screw up life support. Besides, you're not an astrogator.
1998 G. Cox Assignment: Eternity viii. 124 Next to him, on the other side of the astrogator, Ensign Sheryl Gates filled in for Chekov at the navigation console.
2005 C. Stross Accelerando vii. 283 His gaze skitters around the room, looking anywhere but at Amber—and Pierre, her lanky toy-boy astrogator and bed warmer—as he laces his fingers.