Dryden, Hugh L. (Hugh Latimer), 1898-1965

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Birth 1898-07-02
Death 1965-12-02

Biographical notes:

Aeronautical engineer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Hugh Latimer Dryden : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 86131398

Dryden was the Deputy Administrator of NASA.

From the description of Decontamination and Sterilization of Spacecraft : letter to Dr. Phillip Abelson, Director, Geophysical Laboratory, 1961 Mar 10. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733099428

Dryden was Deputy Administrator.

From the description of Organizational changes in NASA : letter to Lloyd V. Berkner, Graduate Research Center, Inc., 1961 Oct 6. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733097624

From the description of Publication and distribution of scientific data obtained via use of space vehicles : letter to William H. Pickering, JPL Director, 1959 Feb 11. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733098409

From the description of Ranger 5 Failure and Photographic Data of Future Ranger Missions : letter to Dr. Harold Urey, School of Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego, 1962 Nov 21. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733099405

Hugh L. Dryden (1898-1965). Aerodynamicist. A.B. (1915), Ph.D. (1919), physics and mathematics, Johns Hopkins University. National Bureau of Standards (1918-1947); Director, National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (1947-1958); Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (1958-1965).

From the description of Hugh L. Dryden certificates, 1903-1966. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154305907

Dryden was Deputy Director.

From the description of Current Status of Certain Programs, Including Lunar Logistics Vehicle, Voyager, and Ranger: memo to James Webb, NASA Administrator, 1962 Jul 31. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733099426

Dryden was Deputy Administrator of NASA.

From the description of Ranger Failures : letter to Harold C. Urey, UC San Diego, 1962 Nov 14. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733099458

From the description of Role of a Scientist as a Member of the Apollo Crew : letter to Dr. Evan H. Walker, Dept. of Physics & Astronomy, University of Maryland, 1962 Oct 16. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733099454

From the description of Ranger 5 Failure : letter to Harold Urey, School of Science & Engineering, UC San Diego, 1962 Nov 21. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733099460

Pioneer in aerodynamics and space program administrator.

Dryden was born in Pocomoke City, Md. in 1898 and raised in Baltimore. He received his B.A. (1916), M.A. (1918) and Ph. D. (1920) in physics and mathematics from the Johns Hopkins University. His professional career was spent in government agencies: the National Bureau of Standards Division of Mechanics and Sound (1918-47), the Natilonal Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) committee member (1921-46) and Director (1947-58), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Deputy Administrator (1958-65). He served on a variety of other committees and commissions dealing with civilian and military aeronautical research. His fields of research included air turbulence, the boundary layer and the development of wind tunnel research. He was one of the founders of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences (later part of AIAS), active in the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (IUTAM), and editor of Applied Mechanics Review and the Journal of the Aeronautical Sciences. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences (Home Secretary 1955-65) and active in forming the National Academy of Engineering. He was president of the Cosmos Club and trustee of the National Geographic Society. Dryden was also a licensed preacher in the Methodist Church. In 1920 he married Mary Libbie Travers, and they had three children Hugh, Jr., Mary Ruth and Nancy Travers. Dryden died December 2, 1965.

From the description of Hugh Latimer Dryden papers, 1908-1966. (Johns Hopkins University). WorldCat record id: 49308208

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Subjects:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Space missions
  • project planning
  • Aeronautics
  • Ranger 5 lunar probe
  • contract management
  • Management
  • Engineers--Interviews
  • Turbulence
  • Methodist Church--Sermons
  • Spacecraft sterilization
  • management planning
  • Aeronautical engineers--Archives
  • Ranger project :
  • Physicists--Archives
  • Lunar exploration
  • Aviation
  • Position (title)
  • Wind tunnel models
  • Boundary layer

Occupations:

  • Aeronautical engineer
  • Physicists

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  • United States (as recorded)