Golovin, Nicholas E. (Nicholas Erasmus), 1912-1969

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Physicist, government official, and presidential adviser for aviation and space science.

From the description of Papers, 1943-1970 (bulk 1958-1969). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 28495297

Physicist, government official, and presidential advisor for aviation and space science.

From the description of Papers of Nicholas E. Golovin, 1943-1970 (bulk 1958-1969). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80859194

Biographical Note

  • 1912, Mar. 1: Born, Odessa, Russia
  • 1923: Immigrated to the United States
  • 1932: Married Sophia Walsh (divorced 1946)
  • 1933 - 1936 : A.B. in mathematics and M.A. in mathematical physics, Columbia University, New York, N.Y.
  • 1934 - 1942 : Research statistician and administrator, R. H. Macy & Co., New York, N.Y.
  • 1943 - 1944 : Chief, Production and Requirements Analysis Section, Tools Division, United States War Production Board, Washington, D.C
  • 1944 - 1946 : Lieutenant, United States Naval Reserve
  • 1945 - 1947 : Associate superintendent, Electricity Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C.
  • 1948 .: Chief of the management planning staff, Naval Ordnance Test Station, Inyokern, Calif
  • 1949 - 1958 : Successive appointments as executive assistant to the director, assistant director of administration, and associate director of planning, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C.
  • 1951, May 26: Married Lillian M. Wessels (date of divorce unknown)
  • 1955: Ph.D. in theoretical physics, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1956: Graduated, nuclear reactor engineering course at Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
  • 1958: Chief scientist, White Sands Missile Range, White Sands, N.Mex.
  • 1958 - 1969 : Associate member, Creative Science Program, New York University, New York, N.Y.; contributed to publication edited by program director Myron A. Coler, Essays on Creativity in the Sciences (New York: New York University Press, 1963. 235 pp.)
  • 1959: Director, Technical Operations Division, Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Defense, Washington, D.C.
  • 1960: Deputy associate of administration, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C. Vice president and general manager, Rabinow Engineering Co., Takoma Park, Md.
  • 1961 - 1962 : Director, National Aeronautics and Space Administration and Department of Defense Large Launch Vehicle Planning Group, Washington, D.C.
  • 1962 - 1968 : Technical adviser, Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, Washington, D.C.
  • 1966: Married Anne Castrodale
  • 1968 - 1969 : Research associate, Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C., and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1969, Apr. 27: Died, Washington, D.C.

From the guide to the Nicholas E. Golovin Papers, 1943-1970, (bulk 1958-1969), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

Role Title Holding Repository
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
United States
New York (N.Y.)
White Sands Missile Range (N.M.)
United States
New Mexico
White Sands Missile Range (N.M.)
New York (State)--New York
White Sands Missile Range (N.M.)
Launch vehicles (Astronautics)
Space sciences
Separation of powers--United States
Social sciences and state--United States
Science and state--United States
Technology and state
Science and state
Supersonic transport planes
Science--Study and teaching
Social sciences and state
Space vehicles
Separation of powers
Universities and colleges
Manned space flight
Program budgeting
Technology and state--United States
Astronautics--Congresses and conventions
Space vehicles--Propulsion systems
Astronautics and state
Public officials
Physicists--United States
Public officers
Scientists in government--United States
Government consultants--United States


Birth 1912

Death 1969


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