This Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy was awarded to Dr. Hugh L. Dryden by the National Space Club on March 20, 1964, for "his exceptional scientific contributions to space exploration." Dryden's research led eventually to his position as Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The National Space Club established the Goddard Trophy in 1958 as a way to honor an individual or group who had contributed to an outstanding achievement to the U.S. space program the previous year. The Trophy consists of a bust of Dr. Robert H. Goddard (1882-1945), the American rocket pioneer.
In 1974, Dr. Dryden's widow, Elizabeth, donated the trophy to the Museum along with several boxes of Dr. Dryden's other awards.
Gift of Mrs. Hugh L. Dryden