Robert H. Goddard Biography

Robert Hutchings Goddard was an American engineer, professor, physicist, and inventor who is credited with creating and building the world's first liquid-fueled rocket, which he successfully launched on March 16, 1926. Goddard and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km and speeds as high as 885 km/h.

Goddard's work as both theorist and engineer anticipated many of the developments that were to make spaceflight possible. He has been called the man who ushered in the Space Age. Two of Goddard's 214 patented inventions — a multi-stage rocket, and a liquid-fuel rocket — were important milestones toward spaceflight. His 1919 monograph A Method of Reaching Extreme Altitudes is considered one of the classic texts of 20th-century rocket science. Goddard successfully applied three-axis control, gyroscopes and steerable thrust to rockets, to effectively control their flight.

Although his work in the field was revolutionary, Goddard received very little public support for his research and development work. The press sometimes ridiculed his theories of spaceflight. As a result, he became protective of his privacy and his work. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Robert H. Goddard
Nationality:
United States of America
Profession:
Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Professor, Physicist, Inventor
Ethnicity:
White American
Date of Birth:
October 5, 1882
Astrological Sign:
Libra
Date of Death:
August 10, 1945
Age at Death:
62
Cause of Death:
Laryngeal cancer
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