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Charles Stark Draper

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Biography

Charles Draper was born in October of 1901. He earned his BS, MS and PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During World War II Dr. Draper developed anti-aircraft fire control for the Navy and fire control systems for the Air Force. Both systems were in wide use throughout the war. After the war, Dr. Draper’s Instrumentation Lab at MIT created inertial guidance systems for aircraft, subs and missiles, but his claim to fame came years later, when he developed the guidance systems for the Apollo spacecraft and vehicles. For his contributions to the nation’s space program, Dr. Draper was awarded the National Medal of Science