1-5 of 5 results  for:

  • air transport x
  • aerospace engineer x
  • Results with images only x
Clear all

Article

Douglas, Donald Wills (06 April 1892–01 February 1981), aeronautical engineer and airplane manufacturing executive, was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of William Edward Douglas, a banker, and Dorothy Locker. He attended a Brooklyn elementary school and was later sent to the Trinity Chapel School in Manhattan, an Episcopal preparatory school. Douglas enjoyed a comfortable middle-class upbringing, spending considerable time sailing at the New York Yacht Club, where his father was a member. As a boy he also became enthralled with the exploits of ...

Article

Kármán, Theodore von (11 May 1881–07 May 1963), aeronautical engineer, was born in Budapest, Hungary, the son of Maurice (Mór in Hungarian) Kármán, a professor, and Helen Kohn. In Hungarian the boy’s name was von Sköllöskislaki Kármán Todor. For a few years he was tutored at home by a former student of his father, and through his school years he was almost totally dominated by his father’s strictures. When Kármán was six, his older brothers found that he could multiply large numbers in his head, but his father considered this a show-off ability only and forbade all mathematics for several years, and instead encouraged him in geography, history, and literature....

Article

Malina, Frank Joseph (02 October 1912–09 November 1981), aeronautical engineer, was born in Brenham, Texas, the son of Czech immigrants Frank Malina, a musician, and Caroline Marek. After graduating from Texas A&M University in 1934, Malina received a fellowship from the California Institute of Technology, where he quickly became involved with its Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory (GALCIT). He earned an M.S. in mechanical engineering in 1935 and a second M.S. in aeronautical engineering in 1936. He received a Ph.D. magna cum laude in aeronautics in 1940. In his dissertation he examined the problems of rocket propulsion and sounding rocket flight performance. Malina served as an assistant professor at CIT from 1942 until 1946. He married Marjorie Duckworth, his second wife, in 1949; they had two children....

Article

Sikorsky, Igor Ivanovich (25 May 1889–26 October 1972), helicopter and aircraft designer, was born in Kiev, Russia (now Ukraine), the son of Ivan Alexis Sikorsky and Zinaida Stepanovna, both physicians. Sikorsky’s father played a prominent role in the development of psychiatry in prerevolutionary Russia. Sikorsky received a great deal of affection and attention from both his parents and his siblings. Encouragement by his family to appreciate and explore the arts and sciences at an early age helped to nurture an inquisitiveness that would become an important part of his persona. In 1903 Sikorsky enrolled in the Imperial Russian Naval Academy at St. Petersburg. After reading about the first ...

Article

von Braun, Wernher Magnus Maxmillian (23 March 1912–16 June 1977), engineer and spaceflight pioneer, was born in Wirsitz, Germany (now the Polish province of Poznan), the son of Baron Magnus von Braun, a businessman, banker, and politician, and Emmy von Quistorp. Von Braun grew up in an aristocratic family with roots deep in the East Prussian soil. His father, a confirmed monarchist with a deep-seated contempt for “brutish democracy,” was forced out of government service early in the Weimar period, pursued a successful career in business and finance, and then, in 1932, returned to office as minister of agriculture in the ill-fated cabinet of Chancellor Franz von Papen....