Hunsaker, Jerome Clarke, 1886-1984

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Jerome Clarke Hunsaker was an aeronautical engineer and designer. Born in Creston, Iowa in 1886, he graduated from the United States Naval Academy and later received a Doctorate of Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Hunsaker was posted as Chief, Aircraft Division, Bureau of Construction and Repair, Navy Department from 1916–1921. He became Chief of the Design Division in 1921, where he designed the USS Shenandoah (ZR-1), the first rigid airship constructed in the United States. He served as Assistant Naval Attaché—Europe from 1923–1926 before resigning his commission in November. He later worked as Assistant Vice President and Research Engineer for Bell Telephone Laboratories and then the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, where he superintended the construction of the airships Akron (ZRS-4) and Macon (ZRS-5).

In 1933, Hunsaker became Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department at MIT. Under him, graduate students were trained as aeronautical engineers. He designed the first modern airship built in the United States as well as the C and D class Navy airships, and with Westervelt and Richardson, also designed the Curtiss NC flying boats.

From 1941 to 1956, Hunsaker was chairman of the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). He also served on the board of trustees of Science Service, now known as Society for Science and the Public, from 1955-1958.

Among his published works are: Stable Biplane Arrangements; Aërodynamic Properties of the Triplane; and Aëroplane Stability. He was awarded the Edward Longstreth Medal of the Franklin Institute in 1942 and the 1955 Langley Gold Medal awarded by the Smithsonian Institution.

Hunsaker died in 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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referencedIn Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960. Additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Wexler, Harry, 1911-1962. Harry Wexler papers, 1929-1962. Library of Congress
referencedIn Julius Augustus Furer Papers, 1910-1962, (bulk 1915-1961) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Callan, John Lansing, 1886-1958. Papers of John Lansing Callan, 1907-1956. Library of Congress
creatorOf Hunsaker, Jerome C. (Jerome Clarke), 1886-1984. Reminiscences of Jerome Clarke Hunsaker : oral history, 1960. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Hunsaker, Jerome C. papers Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries
creatorOf American Military Institute. Collection, 1917-1952. Operational Archive Branch, Naval History Center
referencedIn John Lansing Callan Papers, 1907-1956 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Houghton Mifflin Company correspondence and records, 1832-1944. Houghton Library
referencedIn Theodore von Kármán papers, 1871-1963 California Institute of Technology. Archives.
creatorOf Barker, James M., 1886-1974. James M. Barker papers, 1825-1975, bulk 1920-1970. Newberry Library
referencedIn Furer, Julius Augustus, 1880-1963. Papers of Julius Augustus Furer, 1910-1962 (bulk 1915-1961). Library of Congress
referencedIn Land, Emory Scott, 1879-1971. Emory Scott Land papers, 1901-1972. Library of Congress
referencedIn Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. 1903 - 2006. Biography Files for Committee Members National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian, 1930-1959 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Libraries
referencedIn Harry Wexler Papers, 1929-1962 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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Boston MA US
Iowa IA US
Airplanes--Design and construction
Aircraft carriers
Aeronautics, Military--Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Faculty
Aeronautical engineers--Interviews
Naval architecture--Design
Academic Administrator
Aeronautical engineer
Aeronautical Engineer
Naval Officer
Aircraft designers


Birth 1886-08-26

Death 1984-09-10






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