Robert H. Goddard

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Robert Hutchings Goddard

Birthdate: (62)
Birthplace: Worcester, Worcester , Massachusetts, United States
Death: August 10, 1945 (62)
Baltimore, Baltimore , Maryland, United States
Place of Burial: Worcester, Worcester , Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Nahum Danford Goddard, Jr. and Fannie Louise Goddard
Husband of Esther Christine Goddard
Brother of Richard Henry Goddard

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About Robert H. Goddard

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. Goddard successfully launched his model on March 16, 1926, ushering in an era of space flight and innovation. He and his team launched 34 rockets between 1926 and 1941, achieving altitudes as high as 2.6 km (1.6 mi) and speeds as fast as 885 km/h (550 mph).

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 (1914), and a liquid-fuel rocket (1914)—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. Years after his death, at the dawn of the Space Age, he came to be recognized as one of the founding fathers of modern rocketry, along with Robert Esnault-Pelterie, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and Hermann Oberth. He not only recognized the potential of rockets for atmospheric research, ballistic missiles and space travel but was the first to scientifically study, design and construct the rockets needed to implement those ideas.


American Inventor

Robert H. Goddard, the father of modern rocketry, once asserted that rocket technology would make it possible to get to the moon. This claim was mocked and scoffed at by the public until Goddard launched the world's first liquid fueled rocket on March 16, 1926 and continued his rocket research until his death in 1945.

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Robert H. Goddard's Timeline

1882
October 5, 1882
Worcester, Worcester , Massachusetts, United States
1945
August 10, 1945
Age 62
Baltimore, Baltimore , Maryland, United States
1945
Age 62
Worcester, Worcester , Massachusetts, United States