Oswald S. Williams

  • Wall of Honor Location:

    Foil: 5 Panel: 1 Column: 2 Line: 104

  • Wall of Honor Level:

    Air and Space Friend

After graduating from New York University College of Engineering (1942) he contributed to the design of Republic Aviation's P-47 "Thunderbolt" fighter as senior aerodynamicist.

In the 1950s his pioneering work demonstrated the feasibility of liquid-fueled rocket engines for steering spacecraft (he was working at Thiokol Chemical Corp).

In the 1960s, at the Grumman Corp, he supervised development of the rocket system for steering the Apollo Lunar Modules which landed men on the Moon. The rocket system helped return the Apollo 13 astronauts safely home.

In the 1980s he was Grumman International's Vice President for developing African markets.


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