Robert R. Gilruth

Engineer, Award Winner

1913 – 2000

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Who was Robert R. Gilruth?

Robert Rowe Gilruth was an American aviation and space pioneer. He is noted for being the first director of NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center, later renamed the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

He worked for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics from 1937 to 1958 and its successor NASA, until his retirement in 1973. He was involved with early research into supersonic flight and rocket-powered aircraft and then with the United States manned space program, including the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.

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Born
Oct 8, 1913
Nashwauk
Also known as
  • Robert Rowe Gilruth
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • University of Minnesota
Lived in
  • Minnesota
Died
Aug 17, 2000
Charlottesville

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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