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Donald Jeanne Ritchie (1920- ) is a mathematician and physicist who has been active in missile guidance system design and development and in arms control and disarmament studies. He began work as a production engineer at Bell Aircraft Corp (1940-42) before joining the Design Branch of Wright Air Development Center, Wright Field, OH (1942-45), where he participated in preliminary design work on jet aircraft. Following World War II, he attended Wayne University, completing degrees in Mathematics and Physics (BS, 1949) and Applied Mathematics (MS, 1951). He spent most of the next two decades at Bendix's Research Laboratory Division (Senior Mathematician, 1949-54; Project Engineer, 1955-57; Supervisory Mathematician, 1958-65; Assistant Department Head, Surveillance, Navigation, and Guidance, 1965-67) working on missile systems. He spent several brief periods outside Bendix, at Atomic Power Development Associates (Senior Mathematician, 1954-55), Crosley Division, Avco Manufacturing Co (Supervisor, Missile Systems, 1957), and Corvy Division, Melpar Inc, Scientific Analysis Office (Branch Leader, 1957-58). He then joined the faculty of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute (now Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University) as Professor of Aeronautical Engineering, Director of Research, and Chairman of the Aeronautical Engineering Division (1967-?). During this time he also worked as a consultant to the United States Air Force Foreign Technical Intelligence Division and the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0088

Creator

Ritchie, Donald Jeanne, 1920-

Date

1955-1976

bulk 1960-1970

Provenance

Baron von Ritchie?, Gift, unknown, XXXX-0088, unknown

Extent

13.08 Cubic feet (12 records center boxes)

Restrictions

No restrictions on access

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Manuscripts

Reports

Publications

Drawings

Photographs

Clippings

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of Ritchie's research files. The material consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, photos, drawings, and Soviet books detailing Russian missile and rocket development during the 1960s. The collection also includes copies of Ritchie's reports during his tenure at Bendix and manuscripts of various chapters of his book 'Rocket and Missile Systems Development in the Soviet Union.

Genre/Form

Manuscripts

Reports

Publications

Drawings

Photographs

Clippings

Rights

Material is subject to Smithsonian Terms of Use. Should you wish to use NASM material in any medium, please submit an Application for Permission to Reproduce NASM Material, available at Permissions Requests

Names

Bendix Aviation Corp. Research Laboratory Division

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

National Air and Space Museum (U.S.)

United States. Air Force. Systems Command. Foreign Technology Division

Ritchie, Donald Jeanne, 1920-

Topics Rockets (Ordnance) -- Soviet Union
Aeronautics, Military -- Research
Aeronautics, Military
Aeronautics
Rockets (Aeronautics)
Rockets (Aeronautics) -- Guidance systems
Ballistic missiles

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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