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  • Wilson, Charles Wilson, Charles E 'Electric Charlie' (1886-1972) American industrialist, headed General Electric and worked with Truman's Office of Defense Mobilization in the 1950s. More...
  • Rude Rude, Arthur Harry (1890-1982) American manager. Vice-President of Aerojet, 1944-1966. More...
  • Wilson, Charles Erwin Wilson, Charles Erwin 'Engine Charlie' (1890-1961) American Manager, Eisenhower's Secretary of Defense 1953-1957, an ardent opponent of spaceflight. He had previously run GM, where he coined the phrase "What's good for General Motors is good for the country". More...
  • Todt Todt, Fritz (1891-1942) German Manager. National Socialist politician, Major general, Defence Minister and Director/Manager of organization Todt. More...
  • Victory Victory, John F (1893-1975) American manager, at NACA 1915-1960, credited with maintaining good working relatioship with Congress. More...
  • Quarles Quarles, Donald A (1894-1959) American manager, secretary of the Air Force 1955 -1957, deputy secretary of defense 1957- 1959. Played a key role in the Vanguard-Jupiter satellite launcher dispute. More...
  • Zanker Zanker (1896-1973) German Manager. Business director of the Zentralwerk. More...
  • Kimball Kimball, Dan Able (1896-1970) American businessman, Vice President of Sales at General Tire, before becoming Head of Aerojet, 1944-1969, transforming it from an undisciplined group of rocket enthusiasts to the second largest US rocket engine manufacturer. More...
  • Gross Gross, Robert Ellsworth (1897-1961) American manager. President of Lockheed, 1932-1961. Took a bankrupt company and made it an aerospace leader, including the Polaris SLBM, KH- series of reconnsats, Agena upper stage, X-17 rocket, and U-2, SR-71, and Suntan aircraft projects. More...
  • Holaday Holaday, William M (1901-1995) American manager, special assistant to the secretary of defense for guided missiles 1957-1958, then DOD director of guided missiles in 1958 and chairman of the civilian-military liaison committee, 1958-1960. More...
  • McCone McCone, John A (1902-1991) American manager, director of the Central Intelligence Agency 1961-1965, during initial exploitation of satellite reconnaisance systems. More...
  • McElroy McElroy, Neil H (1904-1972) American manager, secretary of defense 1957-1959. More...
  • Killian Killian, James R (1904-1988) American scientist, president of MIT 1949-1965, served as Eisenhower's science advisor 1957-1959 in order to establish a national response to the Sputnik launch by the Soviet Union. More...
  • Speer Speer, Albert (1905-1981) German manager. Hitler's right-hand man. Architect and Reichminister for Armaments and Ammunition. He sponsored V-2 development and tried to keep operation in Wehrmacht hands. More...
  • Wright, John Wright, John David (1905-) American manager, went to work for Thompson Products in 1933 and rose through the ranks until he became Chairman of the Board of Thompson-Ramo-Wooldridge (TRW) in 1958. More...
  • Johnson, Roy Johnson, Roy W (1906-1965) American manager at GE, first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, 1958-1959, headed DoD's initial space efforts. More...
  • Webb Webb, James E (1906-1992) American manager, NASA Adminstrator 1961-1968. A savvy political operator and manager, he was singularly responsible for NASA being able to achieve the goal of landing a man on the moon by 1970. More...
  • Perkin Perkin, Richard S (1906-1969) American Manager. Richard S. Perkin was co-founder ad president of Perkin-Elmer Corp., 1937-1960, and then chairman of the board. More...
  • Gates Gates, Thomas S (1906-1983) American manager. Navy Undersecretary 1953-1957; Secretary of the Navy 1957-1959, Secretary of Defense from 1959-1961. Under his watch Polaris was developed by the Navy and innumerable DOD space programs were begun. More...
  • Nitze Nitze, Paul H (1907-2004) American manager, director of the U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, 1944-1946, senior defense department positions 1961-1969. More...
  • Nichols Nichols, Kenneth D (1907-2000) American manager, involved in directing the guided missile research and development effort for the Secretary of Defense in the early 1950's. More...
  • Luedecke Luedecke, Alvin R (1910-1998) American manager. Air force nuclear weapons and propulsion liaison positions, 1949-1958. General Manager AEC 1958-1964; Deputy Director JPL 1964-1967. More...
  • Wakelin Wakelin, James H (1911-1990) American manager, assistant secretary of the Navy (research and development) 1959-1964. More...
  • Pace Pace, Frank (1912-1988) American manager, Secretary of the Army, 1950-1953, president of General Dynamics 1953-1962. During his tenure General Dynamics acquired Convair and other companies and became a leading defense and space contractor. More...
  • Lanphier Lanphier, Thomas G (1915-1987) American manager, as pilot in WW2, one of the group that shot down Yamamoto in 1943. Secretary of the Air Force, 1949-1950; VP at Convair,1951-1960, at Raytheon from 1962. More...
  • Johnson, John Johnson, John A (1915-) American manager, senior management positions and then CEO at Comsat, 1963-1980. More...
  • Lertes Lertes German Manager. Director/manager of the A 25 Special Unit (Fi-103/V-1) More...
  • Kosters Kosters German Manager. Director of the Special Work Unit for A4 Transport. More...
  • Siepert Siepert, Albert F (1915-) American manager. NASA, 1958-1969; Deputy Director, Kennedy Space Center 1963-1969. More...
  • Kettler Kettler German Manager. Operations director of the Mittelwerk. More...
  • Petzold Petzold, Walter German Manager. Director/manager of the power station at Peenemuende. More...
  • Gavin Gavin, Jospeh American Manager. Grumman Vice Presidnet for Space Programs during development of the Apollo Lunar Module. More...
  • McNamara McNamara, Robert S (1916-) American Secretary of Defense under Kennedy and Johnson, 1961-1968. Supported offloading manned space to NASA, killed X-20 Dynasoar, Blue Gemini, and SAINT. Created MOL as substitute. More...
  • Shapley Shapley, Willis H (1917-2005) American manager, served at NASA 1965-1975 and 1987-1988. More...
  • Zisch Zisch, William E 'Bill' (1917-1998) American business manager of Aerojet, 1942-1966. No college degree or scientific training, but he led Aerojet from five employees to $700 million annual sales of JATO, Polaris, Aerobee, Delta, Titan, Apollo SPS, M-1 and Nerva rocket engines. More...
  • Weinberger Weinberger, Caspar W (1917-) American manager, led OMB 1970-1976, shaped shuttle design by limiting its budget. As Secretary of Defence for Reagan 1981-1987, doled out large military increases, including new ICBMs, Star Wars, military satellites. More...
  • Tannhaeuser, Rosemarie Tannhaeuser, Rosemarie (1919-) German manager. Member of the German Rocket Team in the Soviet Union after WW2. Secretary who worked on rocket engine development in Glushko's design bureau from 1947 to 1952. Worked as Secretary in Dept. 61/Shop 55. More...
  • Young, Jack Young, John Donald 'Jack' (1919-1988) American manager, at NASA 1960-1966. More...
  • Harr Harr, Karl G (1922-2002) American manager, served in senior US government policy boards in the late 1950's. President of the Aerospace Industries Association 1963-1988 More...
  • White, Robert M White, Robert M (1923-) American manager, headed US Weather Bureau and ESSA in the 1960s; Administrator of NOAA in the 1970s; head of the National Academy of Engineering in the late 1980s. More...
  • Silveira Silveira, Milton A (1929-) American manager, at NASA 1955-1986. Deputy Administrator, 1981-1983; NASA Chief Engineer, 1983-1986. More...
  • Schlesinger Schlesinger, James R (1929-) American manager, chair of the Atomic Energy Commission, 1971-1973, Secretary of Defense, 1973-1975. More...
  • Van Horn Van Horn, William L (1931-1997) American manager. Program Director for the Atlas Weapon System. Manager of Long Range Planning in the Atlas production program. Later Vice President and Program Director for the Atlas Weapon System. More...
  • Lacklen Lacklen, Robert J American personnel manager, at NASA 1945-1964. More...
  • Wigbels Wigbels, Lyn (1951-) American NASA manager for international affairs, 1979-on. More...
  • Schindler Schindler, William 'Bill' American manager. NASA Delta launch vehicle program manager, the single individual most responsible for developing the light launch vehicle into a medium lift workhorse More...
  • Willner Willner, William American NASA Manager, in charge of construction in the procurement and supply division of NASA Headquarters' office of business administration. By August 1960, he had moved to the office of research grants and contracts. More...
  • Quistgaard Quistgaard, Erik European Manager. Erik Quistgaard, was the Director General of the European Space Agency from 1980-1984. As head of ESA, he oversaw the Ariane rocket's development and Spacelab's many contributions to space science. More...
  • Gisel Gisel, William G (-1989) American Manager. President of Bell aircraft. More...
  • O Keefe O Keefe, Sean American manager, NASA Administrator 2001-2005, advocate of nuclear power use in spacecraft. Reorganized the ISS program to cover overruns, was administrator when the crew of the Columbia perished, and began work on a post-shuttle program. More...

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