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Wernher von Braun

Rocket Scientist Wernher von Braun

Profession: Rocket Scientist


Why Famous: He was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany during World War II and, subsequently, in the United States. He is credited as being the "Father of Rocket Science".

Born: March 23, 1912
Birthplace: Wirsitz, Germany (now Wyrzysk, Poland)

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Aries

Died: June 16, 1977 (aged 65)
Cause of Death: Pancreatic cancer

Married Life

  • 1947-03-01 Rocket engineer Wernher von Braun (34) weds Maria Luise von Quistorp in Landshut, Germany

Events in the Life of Wernher von Braun

  • 1932-11-01 Wernher von Braun named head of German liquid-fuel rocket program
  • 1943-06-23 RAF discovers Wernher von Braun's V1/V2-base in Peenemunde

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