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1911 Chronology

1911 January 14 - .
  • Birth of Lev Mikhailovich Gaidukov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Gaidukov, Lev. Russian officer. Soviet Lieutenant General, headed group that acquired German rocket technology and engineers, 1945-1946. In 1949 made Chief of State Commissions for rocket testing; in 1960 named head of the Second Directorate of the RVSN..

1911 February 6 - .
  • Birth of Ronald Reagan - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Reagan. American politician, president of the USA 1981-1989. Initiated 'Star Wars' strategic defences and Space Station Freedomt. Confronted the Soviet Union with a heavy aerospace buildup which they could not match, contributing to their collapse..

1911 February 10 - .
  • Birth of Mstislav Vsevolodovich Keldysh - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Keldysh. Chief Theoretician of the Soviet missile and space programmes, 1946-1978. Played a key role in virtually every space project decision until his death. He was President of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR from 1961 to 1975..

1911 April 1 - .
  • Birth of Ernst Helmut Merk - . Nation: Germany. Related Persons: Merk. German expert in guided missiles during World War II. Arrived in America under Project Paperclip on 1945.11.16 aboard the Argentina from La Havre. As of January 1947, working at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland..

1911 May 6 - .
  • Birth of James H Wakelin - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wakelin. American manager, assistant secretary of the Navy (research and development) 1959-1964..

1911 June 19 - .
  • Goddard receives PhD from Clark University - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Goddard.

    Goddard's doctoral thesis is on a radio principle very similar to the transistor. But his secret passion remains rocketry and space travel. After a one year fellowship at Princeton, Goddard will return to Clark to teach as an assistant professor of physics.


1911 June 22 - .
  • Birth of Konstantin Nikolayevich Rudnev - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Rudnev. Russian government official. Director of NII-88 1950-1952. Chaired GKOT 1958-1961..

1911 June 23 - .
  • Birth of Nikolai Dmitriyevich Kuznetsov - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Kuznetsov. Russian chief designer. Chief Designer and General Designer 1949-1994 of OKB-276..

1911 June 27 - .
  • Birth of Louis N Ridenour - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ridenour. American physicist, served in leading academic, industry, and government positions, notably as chief scientist with the US Air Force in the early 1950s..

1911 June 28 - .
  • Nakhla Meteorite Fall in Egypt (Mars Meteorite, Hit Dog) - . Nation: Egypt.

1911 August 9 - .
  • Birth of Oscar Bauschinger - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Bauschinger. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1911 September 12 - .
  • Birth of Hans Rudolph Friedrich - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Friedrich. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1911 October 1 - .
  • Birth of Martin Schilling - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Schilling. German engineer in WW2, member of the Rocket Team in the United States thereafter..

1911 October 20 - .
  • Birth of Willi Mrazek - . Nation: Germany, USA. Related Persons: Mrazek. German-American engineer. Worked at Peenemuende from early days, but sent to Russian Front before being returned. A loads engineer, he went with von Braun to the US and became Director, Structures and Mechanics Division, at Huntsville..

1911 October 25 - .
  • Birth of Mikhail Kuzmich Yangel - . Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Yangel. Soviet Chief Designer 1954-1971 of OKB-586. Preeminent designer of ballistic missiles and light satellites. His Ukraine bureau designed the R-12 and R-14 IRBM's; the heavy R-16, R-36, and R-36M ICBM's; and the Zenit space launcher,.

1911 November 11 - .
  • Birth of Luigi Broglio - . Nation: Italy. Related Persons: Broglio. Italian engineer. Leading Italian space engineer. Chairman of the Italian National Committee on Space Research. Conceived and directed the San Marco orbital launch platform off the coast of Kenya, 1964-1988..

1911 December 11 - .
  • Birth of Tsien Hsue-shen - . Nation: China. Related Persons: Tsien. Father of Chinese spaceflight. Leading rocket theoretician, expelled from USA as Red in 1955. Created China's space industry from scratch, results: China's first ballistic missiles, 1960s; first satellite, 1970; and first astronaut, 2003..


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