Medal, Premium of John Hyacinth deMagellon of London, 1959, C. Draper

Medal, Premium of John Hyacinth deMagellon of London, 1959, C. Draper

     

This Premium of John Hyacinth deMagellon of London was given to Dr. Charles Stark Draper by the American Philosophical Society in November 1959 for his development of inertial guidance systems for rockets and missiles. The award's history began with deMagellon's offer to the American Philosophical Society in 1785 to sponsor a "yearly scientific prize" for discoveries or useful improvements in the areas of navigation or natural philosophy (the Society would later add astronomy). The Society's president at the time, Benjamin Franklin, accepted the offer. The Premium has been given to twelve navigational engineers, twelve philosophers, and eight astronomers since the first award in 1786. Dr. Draper donated a collection of his awards, including this medal, to the National Collection in 1974.

Gift of Dr. Charles S. Draper

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
August C. Frank Co.

Type
AWARDS-Medals & Ribbons

Materials
Metal medal attached to cloth ribbon. Leather storage box.
Dimensions
3-D (Medal): 2.5 x 1.3 x 5.1cm (1 x 1/2 x 2 in.)

This Premium of John Hyacinth deMagellon of London was given to Dr. Charles Stark Draper by the American Philosophical Society in November 1959 for his development of inertial guidance systems for rockets and missiles. The award's history began with deMagellon's offer to the American Philosophical Society in 1785 to sponsor a "yearly scientific prize" for discoveries or useful improvements in the areas of navigation or natural philosophy (the Society would later add astronomy). The Society's president at the time, Benjamin Franklin, accepted the offer. The Premium has been given to twelve navigational engineers, twelve philosophers, and eight astronomers since the first award in 1786. Dr. Draper donated a collection of his awards, including this medal, to the National Collection in 1974.

Gift of Dr. Charles S. Draper

Country of Origin
United States of America

Manufacturer
August C. Frank Co.

Type
AWARDS-Medals & Ribbons

Materials
Metal medal attached to cloth ribbon. Leather storage box.
Dimensions
3-D (Medal): 2.5 x 1.3 x 5.1cm (1 x 1/2 x 2 in.)

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