Draper, C. S. (Charles Stark)

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Engineer, inventor, and educator. Born 1901; died 1987.

From the description of C.S. Draper papers, 1773-1978 (bulk 1939-1973). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70982304

Charles Stark Draper (1901-1987). BA, psychology, Stanford University (1922); BS, chemical engineering, ScD, physics (1938), Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Instrumentation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1939-1969).

From the description of Charles Stark Draper certificates, 1941-1978. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 154305911

Aeronautical engineer.

From the description of Reminiscences of Charles Stark Draper : oral history, 1983. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 298686761

Biographical Note

  • 1901, Oct. 2: Born, Windsor, Mo.
  • 1917 - 1919 : Attended University of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
  • 1922: B.S., psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.
  • 1926: B.S., electrochemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1926 - circa 1941 : Officer, United States Army Air Corp Reserve
  • 1928: M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1935 - 1938 : Assistant professor, aeronautical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1938: D.Sc., physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass. Married Ivy Willard
  • 1939: Appointed professor, aeronautical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1939 - 1969 : Director, Instrumentation Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge Mass.
  • 1940 - 1945 : Developed Mark 14 and Mark 15 naval gun sights and related antiaircraft fire control systems
  • 1945: Awarded Sylvanus Albert Reed and Naval Ordnance Development awards
  • 1946: Awarded Medal of Merit by Harry S. Truman
  • 1947 - 1951 : Developed A-1 gun sight and other aids to jet aircraft gunnery
  • 1951: Appointed chairman, Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1953: First practical demonstration of inertial navigation, B-29 flight, Bedford, Mass., to Los Angeles, Calif.
  • 1959 - 1966 : Chairman, Department of Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1961: One of American scientists declared "Men of the Year" by Time Instrumentation Laboratory awarded contract by National Aeronautics and Space Administration to design guidance system for Apollo spacecraft
  • 1964: Awarded National Medal of Science by Lyndon B. Johnson
  • 1973: Instrumentation Laboratory divested from Massachusetts Institute of Technology to become Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass.
  • 1987, July 25: Died, Cambridge, Mass.

From the guide to the C. S. Draper Papers, 1773-1978, (bulk 1939-1973), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Draper, C. S. (Charles Stark). Reminiscences of Charles Stark Draper : oral history, 1983. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn John Archibald Wheeler Papers, 1880-2008, 1880-2008 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Spilhaus, Athelstan. Oral history interview with Athelstan Frederick Spilhaus, 1989 November 10. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Draper, C. S. (Charles Stark). C.S. Draper papers, 1773-1978 (bulk 1939-1973). Library of Congress
referencedIn Edward Lindley Bowles Papers, 1869-1990, (bulk 1920-1982) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin), 1918-. G.E. Mueller papers, 1876-1997 (bulk 1935-1995). Library of Congress
referencedIn Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981. Oral history interview with James Brown Fisk, 1976 June 24, American Institute of Physics
creatorOf C. S. Draper Papers, 1773-1978, (bulk 1939-1973) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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
creatorOf AAS Goddard Memorial Symposium, 9th, Washington, D.C., 1971. International cooperation in space operations and exploration [sound recording] / proceedings recorded by the American Astronautical Society ; 1971 March 10-11. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Hill, A. G. (Albert Gordon), 1910-1996. Oral history interview with Albert Gordon Hill, 1982 June 25. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
creatorOf Draper, C. S. (Charles Stark). Charles Stark Draper certificates, 1941-1978. American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn G. E. Mueller Papers, 1876-1997, (bulk 1935-1995) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Bowles, Edward Lindley, 1897-1990. Edward Lindley Bowles papers, 1869-1990 (bulk 1920-1982). Library of Congress
creatorOf Atlantic City Beach Patrol. Atlantic City Beach Patrol Collection. Atlantic City Free Public Library
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associatedWith American Waltham Watch Company. corporateBody
correspondedWith Ashley, Holt person
correspondedWith Ashley, Holt person
associatedWith Atlantic City Beach Patrol. corporateBody
correspondedWith Bagrit, Leon, Sir person
correspondedWith Bagrit, Leon, Sir person
correspondedWith Bisplinghoff, Raymond L. person
correspondedWith Bisplinghoff, Raymond L. person
correspondedWith Blasingame, Benjamin P. (Benjamin Paul) person
associatedWith Bowles, Edward Lindley, 1897-1990. person
correspondedWith Browne, Secor D. (Secor Delahay), 1916-1986 person
associatedWith Curtiss-Wright Corporation. corporateBody
associatedWith Daughters of the American Revolution. Missouri Society. corporateBody
associatedWith Draper family. family
associatedWith Draper family. family
associatedWith Draper, Martha Washington Stark. person
associatedWith Draper, Martha Washington Stark. Martha Washington Stark Draper papers. person
associatedWith Draper, Ralph Clayton. person
associatedWith Fisk, James B. (James Brown), 1910-1981. person
correspondedWith Frazier, Richard H. (Richard Henry), 1900- person
correspondedWith Galantin, I. J., 1910- person
correspondedWith Galantin, I. J., 1918- person
associatedWith Hill, A. G. (Albert Gordon), 1910-1996. person
associatedWith Jacoby, John Francis Lucas. person
associatedWith Jacoby, John Francis Lucas. John Francis Lucas Jacoby and Ralph Jacoby commonplace book and ledger. circa 1773. person
associatedWith Jacoby, Ralph, 1768-1822. person
correspondedWith Johnson, Howard Wesley, 1922-2009 person
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Instrumentation Laboratory. corporateBody
associatedWith Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Office of the President corporateBody
correspondedWith Mueller, G. E. (George Edwin), 1918- person
correspondedWith Reintjes, J. Francis person
correspondedWith Reintjes, J. Francis person
correspondedWith Seamans, Robert C. person
associatedWith Smith, P. K., person
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associatedWith Spilhaus, Athelstan. person
associatedWith Stark family. family
associatedWith Stark family. family
correspondedWith Summerfield, Martin person
correspondedWith Summerfield, Martin person
associatedWith United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. corporateBody
associatedWith Wheeler, John Archibald, 1911-2008 person
associatedWith Whitledge, Thomas Benson, 1810-1844. person
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Birth 1901-10-02

Death 1987-07-25

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