Hunsaker, Jerome C. (Jerome Clarke), 1886-1984

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Jerome Clarke Hunsaker, 1886-1984, BS 1908, United States Naval Academy; SM in naval architecture, 1912, ScD 1916, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was an officer in the Construction Corps of the US Navy, 1909-1926. In 1914, after a year studying aerodynamics and wind tunnel testing in Europe, he taught the first course in aeronautical engineering and aviation design at MIT, and in 1916 developed the first modern wind tunnel in the United States. During World War I he was in charge of all naval aircraft design, construction, and procurement. From 1926 to 1933 he worked in private industry, first at Bell Telephone Laboratories, where he developed a communications system for aircraft, and then at the Goodyear-Zeppelin Corporation, of which he was vice president. He returned to MIT in 1933 as head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, in charge of the course in aeronautical engineering, and became head of the Department of Aeronautical Engineering when it was founded in 1939. He received the (US) Presidential Medal for Merit for his many contributions during World War II, including service on the President's Council of the Office of Scientific Research and Development. His work focused on flight theory and aircraft design. He designed the flying boat NC-4, the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, and supervised the design of the dirigible Shenandoah, the first American rigid airship.

From the guide to the Jerome C. Hunsaker papers, 1898-1969, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections)

Aviation engineer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Jerome Clarke Hunsaker : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122527648

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referencedIn Mark Anthony De Wolfe Howe additional papers, 1880-1959 Houghton Library
referencedIn Wexler, Harry, 1911-1962. Harry Wexler papers, 1929-1962. Library of Congress
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 Julius Augustus Furer Papers, 1910-1962, (bulk 1915-1961) 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
referencedIn Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of the President, records of Karl Taylor Compton and James Rhyne Killian, 1930-1959 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
referencedIn Callan, John Lansing, 1886-1958. Papers of John Lansing Callan, 1907-1956. Library of Congress
referencedIn Harry Wexler Papers, 1929-1962 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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 Jerome C. Hunsaker papers, 1898-1969 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
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associatedWith Barker, James M., 1886-1974. person
associatedWith Callan, John Lansing, 1886-1958. person
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associatedWith Furer, Julius Augustus, 1880-1963. person
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correspondedWith Howe, M. A. De Wolfe (Mark Antony De Wolfe), 1864-1960 person
correspondedWith Land, Emory Scott, 1879-1971. person
associatedWith Leish, Kenneth W., person
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the President corporateBody
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associatedWith Shenandoah (Airship) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Navy. corporateBody
associatedWith Von Kármán, Theodore, 1881-1963 person
correspondedWith Wexler, Harry, 1911-1962. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Airplanes--Design and construction
Aeronautical engineers--Interviews
Aircraft carriers
Aeronautics, Military--Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology--Faculty
Naval architecture--Design


Birth 1886-08-26

Death 1984-09-10




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