There is no sign at this location today -- instead there is just a stairway that runs up the side of the main administration building Building The official lab sign has moved farther south, just as the lab itself has expanded farther south out from the base of the San Gabriel Mountains. It is a place where science, technology, and engineering intermix in unique ways: to produce iconic robotic space explorers sent to every corner of the solar system, to peer deep into the Milky Way galaxy and beyond, and to keep a watchful eye on our home planet. Analyzing the data pouring back from these machine emissaries, scientists around the world continue to discover how the universe, the solar system, and life formed and evolved. After an unintended explosion occurred on campus, the group and its experiments relocated to an isolated area next to the San Gabriel Mountains, the present-day site of JPL. In the following decade, as an anxious country sought to respond to the menacing challenge of German V-2 rockets, the fledgling Jet Propulsion Laboratory officially named in , some 14 years before NASA was formed was sponsored by the U.
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After the war he returned to Aachen with his mother and sister Josephine de Karman. They organized the first international conference in mechanics held in September in Innsbruck. Subsequent conferences were organized as the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics. The directorship included provision for a research assistant , and he selected Frank Wattendorf , an American who had been studying for three years in Aachen.
He later became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He eventually became an important figure in supersonic motion, noting in a seminal paper that aeronautical engineers were "pounding hard on the closed door leading into the field of supersonic motion. He was recognized, "For his leadership in the science and engineering basic to aeronautics; for his effective teaching and related contributions in many fields of mechanics, for his distinguished counsel to the Armed Services, and for his promoting international cooperation in science and engineering.
He died on a trip to Aachen, Germany, in ,  and his body was returned to the United States, to be entombed in the Beth Olam Mausoleum at what is now the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. He was instrumental in recognizing the importance of swept-back wings ubiquitous in modern jet aircraft.
Selected contributions[ edit ] Specific contributions include theories of non-elastic buckling, unsteady wakes in circum-cylinder flow , stability of laminar flow , turbulence , airfoils in steady and unsteady flow, boundary layers , and supersonic aerodynamics.
He made additional contributions in other fields, including elasticity, vibration, heat transfer, and crystallography.
Dr. Theodore von Kármán (1881-1963)
All Dr. He was born on May 11, in Budapest, Hungary, and at an early age showed an aptitude for math and science. In , he received a Ph. In March of that year, he saw an airplane for the first time and was drawn to the physical principles of flying machines. Thus began his lifelong interest in aerodynamics. He was invited to the United States by Robert A. Millikan to advise California Institute of Technology Caltech engineers on the design of a wind tunnel.
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