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1903 Chronology

1903 - .
  • Tsiolkovskiy's The Investigation of Space by Means of Reactive Devices - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Tsiolkovskiy. Here he first outlined his theory of spaceflight and published the basic equation for reaching space by rocket that is still known to students as the 'Tsiolkovsky Equation'. It was the first theoretical proof of the possibility of spaceflight..

1903 January 12 - .
  • Birth of Igor Vasilyevich Kurchatov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kurchatov. Russian scientist. Father of Soviet atomic bomb at KB-11. Managed development of first hydrogen bomb. Design coordinated with Korolev's design bureau for use on R-7 ICBM..

1903 January 23 - .
  • Birth of Walther Johannes Riedel - . Nation: Germany. Related Persons: Riedel, Walther. German manager and engineer who managed development of V-2 rocket engine after the death of Thiel. In the US he transferred this technology to Rocketdyne, which led to the engines for the Redstone, Thor, Jupiter, Atlas, and Saturn I rockets..

1903 February 13 - .
  • Birth of Anatoliy Petrovich Aleksandrov - . Nation: Russia, Ukraine. Related Persons: Aleksandrov, Anatoliy. Russian scientist. President, Academy of Sciences, 1980-1986..

1903 March 18 - .
  • Birth of Vasili Vasilyevich Parin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Parin. Russian physician. Director of IMBP 1965-1969. A leading space medicine specialist..

1903 March 25 - .
  • Birth of Karl Franz Hager - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Hager. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1903 April 29 - .
  • Birth of Nikolai Ivanovich Krylov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Krylov. Russian officer. Commander-in-Chief Strategic Missile Forces, 1963-1972. Opponent of piloted space programs..

1903 May 1 - .
  • Birth of Georgi Maksimovich Shubnikov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Shubnikov. Russian officer. Chief of Construction Directorate of Baikonur 1955-1965..

1903 May 17 - .
  • Birth of Hermann F Beduerftig - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Beduerftig. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1903 July 13 - .
  • Birth of Wilhelm Knack - . Nation: Germany, Russia. Related Persons: Knack. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the Soviet Union, worked on rocket engine development in Glushko's design bureau from 1947 to 1952. Worked in Manufacturing; Dept. 61/Shop 55..

1903 October 8 - .
  • Johannesburg Observatory founded. - . Nation: South Africa.

1903 October 11 - .
  • Birth of Charles P Cabell - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Cabell. American officer. USAF intelligence, Deputy Director, CIA 1953-1962. Promoted U-2 and Corona spy satellite. Forced to resign after Bay of Pigs debacle..

1903 October 17 - .
  • Birth of Andrei Antonovich Grechko - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Grechko, Andrei. Russian officer. Deputy Minister of Defence 1967-1976. Opponent of piloted space programs..

1903 November 12 - .
  • Birth of Kurt Kunibert Karlmann Neuhoefer - . Nation: Austria, Germany. Related Persons: Neuhoefer. Austrian-German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1903 December 14 - .
  • Birth of Semyon Ariyevich Kosberg - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kosberg. Russian chief designer. Chief Designer 1941-1965 of OKB-154. Led work on engines for ICBMs and launchers..

1903 December 17 - .
  • Wright Brothers' First Airplane Flight - . Nation: USA.


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