March 23, 1912 – Wernher von Braun is born
Wernher von Braun, one of the leading figures in rocket technology, was born on March 23, 1912. He started his career as a German scientist. He later came to the United States and was a pivotal leader of rocket technology in the early space age for NASA. He died June 16, 1977.
Quote from TIME Magazine about von Braun:
“Von Braun, 45, personifies man’s drive to rise above the planet. Von Braun, in fact, has only one interest, the conquest of space, which he calls man’s greatest adventure.”
“The German scientist, who was pivotal in Germany’s pre-war rocket development program and was responsible for the design and realization of the V-2 combat rocket during World War II, entered the United States at the end of the war through the then-secret Operation Paperclip.”