Von Braun, Wernher, 1912-1977Alternative names
Wernher Von Braun was one of the world's first and foremost rocket engineers and a leading authority on space travel.
From the description of Wernher von Braun letter, 1960. (National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum). WorldCat record id: 61257728
Von Braun was Director of the Development Operations Division.
From the description of Interim Report of Agena Survey Team and Management Plan for NASA Agena Project : letter to General Don R. Ostrander, NASA Director of Vehicle Development Operations, 1960 Jan 18. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733100656
From the description of Management Plan for NASA Agena Project, 1960 Jan 16. (Jet Propulsion Laboratory Library and Archives). WorldCat record id: 733100658
Director, Development Operations Division, Army Ballistic Missile Agency, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama.
From the description of Warum Raumfahrt? : Stuttgarter Luftfahrtgesprach in Stuttgart-Flughafen, 1959 Sept. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122332805
Wernher von Braun (1912-1977), the "father of space travel," developed the first practical space rockets and launch vehicles.
From the description of Von Braun, Wernher, 1912-1977 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10580407
German-born aerospace engineer; emigrated to the United States in 1945; served as director and administrator of U.S. space programs and projects.
From the description of Wernher Von Braun papers, 1796-1970 (bulk 1950-1970). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70979926
1912, Mar. 23:
Wirsitz, East Prussia Poland) Republic of Poland Born, Wirsitz, East Prussia (now part of Poland)
Berlin, Germany Berlin Land Berlin Berlin Founding member, Rocket Field,Berlin, Germany, sponsored and financed by German Rocket Society Assistant to Hermann Oberth, experimenting with small liquid rocket motors
Student, Institute of Technology,Zurich, Switzerland
B.S., Institute of Technology,Berlin, Germany
1932- 1937: Chief, Testing Station, German Army Proving Ground,Kummersdorf, Germany
Ph. D., University of Berlin,Berlin, Germany
1937- 1945: Peenemünde, Germany Peenemünde Technical director, German Rocket Research Center,Peenemünde, Germany Responsible for V-2 Long-range Rocket and A.A. Guided Missile Wasserfall
1943- 1945: Research professor, Peenemünde, Germany
Captured by U.S. Army and taken to United States
1945- 1950: Fort Bliss, Tex. Fort Bliss Project director, Research and Development Service,U.S. Army Ordnance Corps,Fort Bliss, Tex. Technical adviser at White Sands Missile Range, N. Mex.
Married Maria Von Quistorp
1950- 1956: Chief, Guided Missile Development Division, Redstone Arsenal,Huntsville, Ala.
Published The Mars Project (Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 91 pp.), translated by Henry J. White Published Man on the Moon (London: Sidgwick and Jackson. 134 pp.), with Fred L. Whipple and Willy Ley. Also published as Conquest of the Moon (New York: Viking Press. 126 pp.)
Naturalized as American citizen
Published The Exploration of Mars (New York: Viking Press. 176 pp.), with Willy Ley
1956- 1960: Director, Development Operations Division, Army Ballistic Missile Agency,Huntsville, Ala.
Received Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Department of Defense
Received Dr. Robert Goddard Memorial Trophy
Published First Men to the Moon (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 96 pp.)
1960- 1970: Director, George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, National Aeronautic and Space Administration,Huntsville, Ala.
Published History of Rocketry & Space Travel (New York: Crowell. 244 pp.), with Frederick I. Ordway III Published Space Frontier (New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston. 216 pp.)
1970- 1972: Deputy Associate Administrator for Planning, National Aeronautics and Space Administration,Washington, D.C.
Vice president, Engineering and Development, Fairchild Industries, Germantown, Md.
Founded National Space Institute
1977, June 16:
Died, Alexandria, Va.
From the guide to the Wernher Von Braun Papers, 1796-1970, (bulk 1950-1970), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
- Rocketry--United States
- Agena rocket vehicles
- Guided missiles
- Rockets (Aeronautics)
- V-2 rocket
- Space flight
- World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, German
- Public officials
- Aerospace engineers
- Poznań, 75, PL
- Alexandria, VA, US