TITLE: Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers
SPEAKER: Tom Crouch
EVENT DATE: 2006/04/25
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes
Smithsonian curator and historian Tom D. Crouch discussed his new book, "Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers: A History of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and What Came Before," in a program sponsored by the Library's Center for the Book.
"Rocketeers and Gentlemen Engineers" is an account of the significant contributions the AIAA and its predecessor organizations have made to the evolution of flight. It covers the story of visionary individuals and dedicated engineers who changed society. The book traces the early struggles to create and distinguish aeronautics as a distinct profession, through the technological advances brought on by two world wars and the advances spawned by the Space Age.
Speaker Biography: Tom Crouch is senior curator of the Division of Aeronautics at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum. He is the author and editor of more than a dozen books and many articles for both magazines and scholarly journals.
SERIES: Books & Beyond