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1908 Chronology

1908 January 1 - .
  • Birth of Hermann H Kurzweg - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Kurzweg. German-American aerodynamicist, at Peenemuende, then US Naval Ordnance 1946-1960, NASA 1960-1974..

1908 January 11 - .
  • Birth of Ernst August Wilhelm Steinhoff - . Nation: Austria, Germany. Related Persons: Steinhoff, Ernst. Austrian-German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1908 January 15 - .
  • Birth of Edward Teller - . Nation: Hungary, USA. Related Persons: Teller. Jewish Hungarian-American physicist, American Father of the H-Bomb. A dedicated cold warrior. Founded Livermore laboratory, convinced Reagan to proceed with 'Star Wars' using nuclear-bomb-pumped x-ray laser..

1908 January 18 - .
  • Birth of Robert N 'Bob' Ackley - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ackley. American engineer. Head of Atlas missile testing in the earliest part of the program Ackley, son of a violin repairman, was head of Atlas missile testing in the earliest part of the program..

1908 January 27 - .
  • Melotte's Discovery of Jupiter Moon Pasiphae - . Nation: UK.

1908 February 20 - .
  • Birth of Grigori Yakovlevich Bakhchivangi - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Bakhchivangi. Russian test pilot, 1935-1943. Set 1943 world speed record in BI-1 rocketplane, but killed when it crashed..

1908 March 5 - .
  • Birth of Bruno Henning - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Henning, Bruno. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter. Engineer who worked on rocket engine development in Glushko's design bureau from 1947 to 1952. Worked in Engineering and Design; Dept. 61..

1908 March 23 - .
  • Birth of Arkhip Mikhailovich Lyulka - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Lyulka. Russian chief designer. Chief Designer and General Designer 1946-1981 of OKB-165. Specialised in cryogenic engines for the N1..

1908 March 30 - .
  • Birth of Aleksei Ivanovich Nesterenko - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Nesterenko. Russian officer. First Director of Nll-4 1946-1950. First Commander of Baikonur 1955-1958..

1908 April 28 - .
  • Birth of Eberhard Friedrich Michael Rees - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Rees. German-American engineer, von Braun's right hand man, in charge of manufacturing 1940-1969 for V-2, Redstone, Jupiter, and rockets stages for Saturn LVs that took America to the moon. Succeeded von Braun as Director at Huntsville 1970-1973..

1908 May 10 - .
  • Birth of Rudolf Chwalczyk - . Nation: Germany, Russia. Related Persons: Chwalczyk. 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; Shop 55..

1908 May 18 - .
  • Birth of Nikolai Alekseyevich Pilyugin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Pilyugin. Russian chief designer. Chief Designer 1948-1982 of Nll-885 and NII AP. Specialised in missile and spaceship guidance..

1908 June 16 - .
  • Birth of Karl-Heinz Bringer - . Nation: France, Germany. Related Persons: Bringer. German engineer. Developer of the Viking engine and propulsion leader of the German Rocket Team in France after WW2..

1908 June 27 - .
  • Birth of Boris Vasilyevich Petrovskiy - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Petrovskiy. Russian physician. Minister of Health from 1965 to 1980. Operated on Korolev..

1908 June 30 - .
  • Tunguska Explosion - . Nation: Russia.

1908 July 1 - .
  • Birth of Cai Jintao - . Nation: China. Related Persons: Cai Jintao. Chinese Engineer. Chinese communications and telemetry systems engineer..

1908 July 3 - .
  • Birth of August Schomburg - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Schomburg. American US Army US Army Officer. August Schomburg was a career Army officer who rose to the rank of lieutenant general. From 1960 to 1962 he was commander of the Army missile ordnance command at Redstone Arsenal..

1908 July 31 - .
  • Birth of John P Hagen - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Hagen. American astronomer. At NRL from 1935. Director, Vanguard program, 1955-1962. Thereafter professor of astronomy, Penn State..

1908 August 7 - .
  • Birth of Josef Maria Boehm - . Nation: Austria, Germany. Related Persons: Boehm. Austrian-German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1908 August 18 - .
  • Birth of Frol Romanovich Kozlov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kozlov, Frol. Russian politician. Secretary of Central Committee for defence and space 1960-1963..

1908 August 25 - .
  • Birth of Aleksandr Andreyevich Raspletin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Raspletin. Russian chief designer. Chief Designer 1953-1967 of KB-1. Contributed to the RORSAT, EORSAT, and ASAT programs..

1908 August 28 - .
  • Birth of Valeriy Dmitriyevich Kalmykov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kalmykov. Russian bureaucrat. Minister of Radio-Technical Industry 1954-1974..

1908 September 2 - .
  • Birth of Valentin Petrovich Glushko - . Nation: Russia, Ukraine. Related Persons: Glushko. Soviet Chief Designer, responsible for all large liquid propellant engines for missiles and LVs. Led Glushko bureau, 1946-1974; Headed NPO Energia 1974-1989, directing development of Energia launch vehicle and Buran spaceplane..

1908 September 6 - .
  • Birth of Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kotelnikov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kotelnikov. Russian engineer. At OKB MEI 1947-1954 and then at the Institute of Radio Technology and Electronics..

1908 September 15 - .
  • Birth of Abe Silverstein - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Silverstein. American engineer. Chaired committee that set NASA's spaceflight plans for the 1960's. Director, NASA Cleveland 1961-1970..

1908 September 28 - .
  • Birth of Max Ernst Nowak - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Nowak, Max. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1908 October 18 - .
  • Birth of Nikolai Petrovich Kamanin - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kamanin. Russian VVS Officer, first commander of Soviet cosmonaut detachment 1960-1971. Advocate of piloted spaceflight, fought constantly for VVS role in space, blamed loss of space race on Korolev's insistence on using automated systems..

1908 October 24 - .
  • Birth of Aleksei Mikhailovich Isayev - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Isayev. Soviet Chief Designer at OKB-2, 1947-1971. Developed storable rocket engines for missiles, supplying innovative engines for Scuds, SLBM's. Leading designer of restartable space engines for satellites, manned spacecraft, and space stations..

1908 October 30 - .
  • Birth of Dmitri Fedorovich Ustinov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Ustinov. Russian politician. Primary manager of the Soviet missile and space programs 1946-1976. In charge of development of Soviet rocketry 1946-1957. Chairman of the VPK 1957-1963. Secretary of Central Committee for Defence and Space 1965-1976..

1908 November 4 - .
  • Birth of Louis G Dunn - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Dunn. American engineer. At Ramo-Woolridge headed oversight of development of the Thor, Titan, Atlas, and Minuteman missiles for the USAF.

1908 November 9 - .
  • Birth of Sergei Aleksandrovich Khristianovich - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Khristianovich. Russian scientist. Specialised in ICBMs at TsAGI 1942-1953 From 1953 worked at the Institute of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics..

1908 November 12 - .
  • Birth of Anatoli Ivanovich Semenov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Semenov. Russian officer. Commander of GURVO 1954-1964..

1908 November 22 - .
  • Birth of Carl Heinz Mandel - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Mandel. German-American expert in guided missiles during World War II, member of von Braun rocket team. As of 1960, Head of Gyro and Stabliizer Branch, Guidance and Control Division, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Died at Madison, Alabama..

1908 November 29 - .
  • Birth of Kurt Heinrich Debus - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Debus. German-American engineer. At Peenemuende from 1940, designed and operated V-2 test launch facility. In US from 1945, headed design, build, and operation of launch facilities for the V-2, Redstone, Jupiter, and Saturn rockets for Apollo..


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