Von Braun, Wernher, 1912-1977

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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

Biographical Note

  • 1912, Mar. 23: Wirsitz, East Prussia Poland) Republic of Poland Born, Wirsitz, East Prussia (now part of Poland)
  • 1930: 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
  • 1931: Student, Institute of Technology,Zurich, Switzerland
  • 1932: B.S., Institute of Technology,Berlin, Germany
  • 1932 - 1937 : Chief, Testing Station, German Army Proving Ground,Kummersdorf, Germany
  • 1934: 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
  • 1945: 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.
  • 1947: Married Maria Von Quistorp
  • 1950 - 1956 : Chief, Guided Missile Development Division, Redstone Arsenal,Huntsville, Ala.
  • 1953: 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.)
  • 1955: Naturalized as American citizen
  • 1956: 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.
  • 1957: Received Distinguished Civilian Service Award, Department of Defense
  • 1958: Received Dr. Robert Goddard Memorial Trophy
  • 1960: 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.
  • 1967: 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.
  • 1972: Vice president, Engineering and Development, Fairchild Industries, Germantown, Md.
  • 1975: 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)

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correspondedWith Bechtle, Otto Wolfgang person
associatedWith Brown family. person
associatedWith Brown, Myrtle Louise. person
correspondedWith Brucker, Wilber Marion, 1894-1968 person
associatedWith Busemann, Adolf, 1901- person
associatedWith Butler University. corporateBody
associatedWith Collins, Michael, 1930- person
associatedWith Cradle of Aviation Museum (Garden City, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Disney, Walt, 1901-1966 person
correspondedWith Durant, Frederick C., 1916- person
associatedWith Friedman, Herbert, 1916-2000. person
associatedWith Fritz, Alfred. person
correspondedWith Gartmann, Heinz, 1917- person
associatedWith General Dynamics Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith General Motors Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith George C. Marshall Space Flight Center. corporateBody
correspondedWith Gerhards, Jupps person
associatedWith Gesellschaft für Weltraumsforschung. corporateBody
associatedWith Goddard, Esther Christine Kisk. person
correspondedWith Grosse, Aristid von, 1905- person
correspondedWith Harris, Gordon L. person
correspondedWith Harvard Law School Forum corporateBody
associatedWith Herring, Mack, 1935- person
associatedWith Huebner, George J., 1910- person
associatedWith Indiana University Center for the Study of History and Memory corporateBody
associatedWith International Business Machines Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Jacobs, David Kent, 1937- person
correspondedWith Kölle, Heinz Hermann, 1917- person
correspondedWith Ley, Willy, 1906-1969 person
associatedWith Linnes, Karl 1923-1985 person
associatedWith Lockheed Aircraft Corporation. corporateBody
correspondedWith Loeser, G. person
correspondedWith Loeser, G. person
associatedWith Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.). Centennial Committee. corporateBody
associatedWith McDaniel, John L. (John Lester), 1918- person
correspondedWith Medaris, John B. (John Bruce), 1902- person
correspondedWith Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin), 1918- person
associatedWith Newell, Homer Edward, 1915- person
associatedWith O'Donnell, Franklin. person
associatedWith Page, Tony, 1910-1988. person
associatedWith Parton, James, 1912- person
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associatedWith Poullada, Leon. person
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correspondedWith Ryan, Cornelius person
correspondedWith Ryan, Cornelius person
correspondedWith Schomer, Howard, 1915-2001 person
associatedWith Sharpe, Mitchell R., 1924- person
correspondedWith Sikorsky, Igor Ivan, 1889-1972 person
associatedWith Singer, S. Fred (Siegfried Fred), 1924- person
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associatedWith Sturkey, Don. person
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associatedWith Toland, John. person
correspondedWith Truax, Robert Collins, 1917-2010 person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Poznań 75 PL
Alexandria VA US
Subject
Aeronautics
Rocketry--United States
Agena rocket vehicles
Guided missiles
Rockets (Aeronautics)
V-2 rocket
Rocketry
Science--History
Rocketry--Germany
Genealogy
Space flight
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, German
Occupation
Public officials
Aerospace engineers
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Birth 1912-03-23

Death 1977-06-16

Americans

English,

German

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