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Wernher Magnus Maximilian von Braun, Freiherr

Birthplace: Wirsitz, Provinz Posen, Deutsches Reich
Death: Died in Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Cause of death: tumor
Place of Burial: Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, United States
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Son of Magnus Alexander Maximilian von Braun, Freiherr and Emmy Melitta Cécile von Quistorp
Husband of Maria Louise von Braun (von Quistorp)
Father of <private> Robbins (Freifrau von Braun); <private> von Lindern (Freifrau von Braun); <private> Freiherr von Braun (von Braun); Iris Careen Freiin von Braun; Margrit Cécile Freiin von Braun, Prof. Dr and 1 other
Brother of Sigismund Frhr. von Braun and Magnus* Hans Frhr. von Braun

Occupation: deutscher und später US-amerikanischer Raketeningenieur, Wegbereiter und Visionär der Raumfahrt
Managed by: Dag Henrik Gösta Lundqvist
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About Wernher von Braun

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (* 23. März 1912 in Wirsitz, Provinz Posen, Deutsches Reich; † 16. Juni 1977 in Alexandria, Virginia, Vereinigte Staaten) war als deutscher und später US-amerikanischer Raketeningenieur ein Wegbereiter der Raketenwaffen und der Raumfahrt.


Niemiecki uczony, jeden z czołowych konstruktorów rakiet i pionierów podboju kosmosu, nazista, oficer SS. Podczas II wojny światowej współtwórca pocisków balistycznych V-2. Po wojnie, uczestnik amerykańskiego programu kosmicznego. http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wernher_von_Braun


Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German-born rocket scientist, aerospace engineer, space architect, and one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany during World War II and in the United States after that.

A former member of the Nazi party, commissioned Sturmbannführer of the paramilitary SS and decorated Nazi war hero, von Braun would later be regarded as the preeminent rocket engineer of the 20th century in his role with the United States civilian space agency NASA. In his 20s and early 30s, von Braun was the central figure in Germany's rocket development program, responsible for the design and realization of the deadly V-2 combat rocket during World War II. After the war, he and some of his rocket team were taken to the U.S. as part of the then-secret Operation Paperclip. Von Braun worked on the US Army intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) program before his group was assimilated by NASA, under which he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. According to one NASA source, he is "without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history." His crowning achievement was to lead the development of the Saturn V booster rocket that helped land the first men on the Moon in July 1969." In 1975 he received the National Medal of Science.


Dr. phil., Dr. h. c. von 22. Univ. u. Hochschulen, 

Prof. Dir. d. NASA Raumfahrtzentrums (Apollo Programm)

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Wernher von Braun's Timeline

March 23, 1912
Wirsitz, Provinz Posen, Deutsches Reich
March 1, 1947
Age 34
Landshut, Lower Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany
December 9, 1948
Age 36
Fort Bliss, El Paso County, Texas, United States
May 8, 1950
Age 38
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, United States
June 2, 1960
Age 48
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, United States
June 16, 1977
Age 65
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Alexandria, Alexandria City, Virginia, United States