Draper, C. S. (Charles Stark)

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1901-10-02
Death 1987-07-25

Biographical notes:

Engineer, inventor, and educator. Born 1901; died 1987.

From the description of C.S. Draper papers, 1773-1978 (bulk 1939-1973). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982304

Charles Stark Draper (1901-1987). BA, psychology, Stanford University (1922); BS, chemical engineering, ScD, physics (1938), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Instrumentation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1939-1969).

From the description of Charles Stark Draper certificates, 1941-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154305911

Aeronautical engineer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Charles Stark Draper : oral history, 1983. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 298686761

Biographical Note

  • 1901, Oct. 2: Born, Windsor, Mo.
  • 1917 - 1919 : Attended University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
  • 1922: B.S., psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
  • 1926: B.S., electrochemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1926 - circa 1941 : Officer, United States Army Air Corp Reserve
  • 1928: M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1935 - 1938 : Assistant professor, aeronautical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1938: D.Sc., physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Married Ivy Willard
  • 1939: Appointed professor, aeronautical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1939 - 1969 : Director, Instrumentation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Mass.
  • 1940 - 1945 : Developed Mark 14 and Mark 15 naval gun sights and related antiaircraft fire control systems
  • 1945: Awarded Sylvanus Albert Reed and Naval Ordnance Development awards
  • 1946: Awarded Medal of Merit by Harry S. Truman
  • 1947 - 1951 : Developed A-1 gun sight and other aids to jet aircraft gunnery
  • 1951: Appointed chairman, Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1953: First practical demonstration of inertial navigation, B-29 flight, Bedford, Mass., to Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1959 - 1966 : Chairman, Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1961: One of American scientists declared "Men of the Year" by Time Instrumentation Laboratory awarded contract by National Aeronautics and Space Administration to design guidance system for Apollo spacecraft
  • 1964: Awarded National Medal of Science by Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1973: Instrumentation Laboratory divested from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1987, July 25: Died, Cambridge, Mass.

From the guide to the C. S. Draper Papers, 1773-1978, (bulk 1939-1973), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Inertial navigation systems
  • Engineering
  • Aircraft industry
  • Commission merchants--United States
  • Genealogy
  • Aeronautical engineers--Interviews
  • Gyroscopic instruments
  • Aeronautics
  • Automatic pilot (Airplanes)
  • Instrument flying
  • Airplanes--Piloting
  • Aeronautical instruments
  • Commission merchants--History
  • Instrument industry
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