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Theodore von Karman (1881-1963) was an accomplished physicist, aerodynamicist, applied mathematician, and science advisor. Born in Hungary, von Karman received a degree in mechanical engineering from The Royal Joseph Technical University, and a doctor's degree from The University of Gottingen. In 1930, von Karman was appointed as professor of aeronautics, director of the Daniel Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the Califonia Institute of Technology, and director of the Daniel Guggenheim Airship Institute at Akron Ohio. He was a founding member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences and was the recipient of many awards, including the U.S. Medal of Merit and the first U.S. National Medal of Science.

Identifier

NASM.XXXX.0537

Creator

Von Kármán, Theodore, 1881-1963

Date

1871-1963

Provenance

California Institute of Technology, unknown, 1980, XXXX-0537, California Institute of Technology

Extent

2 Cubic feet ((10 shoeboxes))

Restrictions

No restrictions on access, restrictions on permission to publish.

Type

Collection descriptions

Archival materials

Microfiche

Scope and Contents

This collection covers von Karman's life, but the core of the collection is records relating to: his career in Germany after World War I; materials pertaining to his assocation with such organizations as the Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics, the National Advisory Committee on Aviation, the United States Air Force, and the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics; and personal and scientific correspondence with colleagues and students from around the world.

Genre/Form

Microfiche

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

Daniel Guggenheim Fund for the Promotion of Aeronautics, Inc.

United States. Air Force

United States. National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics

Von Kármán, Theodore, 1881-1963

Topics Aeronautics -- Research
Aeronautics
Mathematics
Physics
Aerodynamics

Archival Repository

National Air and Space Museum Archives

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