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Scientist and Aerodynamicist
Born Pembroke City, Maryland
July 2, 1898December 2, 1965
Hugh Latimer Dryden graduated with honors from Johns Hopkins University in 1916, receiving his Masters Degree in Physics in 1918. With the achievement of his Doctorate in 1919, he was chosen to be Director of the newly formed Aerodynamics Division at the National Bureau of Standards, thus beginning his long career in aerospace research.
His distinguished research in the fields of fluid mechanics and boundary layer phenomena, and in materials and structures led to significant advances in supersonic flight and missile technology. Through World War II, he served as a chief consultant to the U.S. Air Force, and in postwar-years, he played a major role in establishing its research and development objectives.
Dryden was highly respected for his intellectual integrity and systematic approach to research and development in aero- and astrodynamics. His influence was deeply felt in every aspect of U.S. aero science. As Director of the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA), as Science Advisor to Presidents, as Technical Advisor to the United Nations, he was a leader in the advancement of the peaceful use of technology.
Under his guidance as the first Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA), Project Mercury and the United States' space program were successfully launched on their course to the stars.
Invested 1974 in the International Aerospace Hall of Fame
From "These We Honor," The International Hall of Fame; The San Diego Aerospace Museum, San Diego, CA. 1984
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