Lippisch, Alexander, 1894-1976

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Aviation designer and researcher. Alexander Martin Lippisch was born in 1894 in Munich, Germany, to Franz and Clara (Commichau) Lippisch. Alexander was educated at schools in Berlin and Jena; and enlisted in Germany's armed forces in 1915. He served as an aerial photographer and mapper. In 1943 he was awarded a doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg.

From 1918-1945, Lippisch held various positions in aviation in Germany: as a designer, aerodynamicist, and director of research. In 1946 he emigrated with his family to the U.S., where he worked for the Dept. of Defense. From 1950-1964, Alexander was employed by the Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and after his retirement, was employed as a design consultant. Lippisch worked on a variety of research projects throughout his career, including smoke tunnel visualization, remote powered vehicles, delta shaped wings, and aerofoil boats.

From the description of Papers, 1900-1990. (Iowa State University). WorldCat record id: 39120919

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Aeronautical engineers--Biography
Aeronautics--History--20th century
Airplanes--Wings, Triangular
Airplanes--Design and construction--History
Delta wing airplanes


Birth 1894-11-02

Death 1976-02-11






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