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Braun, Wernher Magnus Maximilian von (Freiherr)

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Born: 1912 AD
Died: 1977 AD, at 65 years of age.

Nationality: German
Categories: Engineers

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1912 - Wernher von Braun was born in Wirsitz, Province of Posen in the German Kingdom of Prussia on the 23rd of March. 1925 - Von Braun attended a boarding school at Ettersburg castle near Weimar where at first he did not do well in physics and mathematics. 1934 - He was awarded a doctorate in physics (aerospace engineering) on the 27th of July for a thesis titled "About Combustion Tests." However, this was only the public part of von Braun's work. His actual full thesis, "Construction, Theoretical, and Experimental Solution to the Problem of the Liquid Propellant Rocket"  was kept classified by the Army 1963 - Von Braun reflected on the history of rocketry, and said of Goddard's work: "His rockets. may have been rather crude by present-day standards, but they blazed the trail and incorporated many features used in our most modern rockets and space vehicles" 1937 - In November, von Braun joined the National Socialist German Workers Party. 1940 - He became an officer in the Waffen-SS from May to the end of the war. 1944 - On the 15th of August, von Braun wrote a letter (Ref 7) to Albin Sawatzki, manager of the V-2 production, admitting that he personally picked labor slaves from the Buchenwald concentration camp, who, he admitted 25 years later in an interview, had been in a "pitiful shape". 1945 - On the 20th of June, U.S. Secretary of State Cordell Hull approved the transfer of von Braun and his specialists to America; 1975 - Von Braun helped establish and promote the National Space Institute, a precursor of the present-day National Space Society, and became its first president and chairman. 1976 - He became scientific consultant to Lutz Kayser, the CEO of OTRAG, and a member of the Daimler-Benz board of directors. 1977 - On the 16th of June, Wernher von Braun died in Alexandria, Virginia at the age of 65. He was buried at the Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria, Virginia.

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