Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History
The Charles A. Lindbergh Chair in Aerospace History, also known as the Lindbergh Chair, is a one-year senior fellowship hosted by the U.S. National Air and Space Museum (NASM), to assist a scholar in the research and composition of a book about aerospace history. Named for the famous aviator Charles Lindbergh, the position is competitive: one experienced scholar is selected each year from multiple applicants worldwide. Up to $100,000 is granted to the winner.
The Lindbergh Chair is one of four research fellowships administered by NASM within the Smithsonian Institution: the others are the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Fellowship, the A. Verville Fellowship, and the Postdoctoral Earth and Planetary Sciences Fellowship. Announced in 1977 at the 50th anniversary of Lindbergh's famous solo flight, 1978 was the first year that the Lindbergh Chair was occupied—British aviation historian Charles Harvard Gibbs-Smith was selected as the first recipient.
Each Lindbergh Chair application is judged relative to the suitability of its proposal, the scholarly record of the applicant, the availability of relevant museum staff advisors knowledgeable on the proposed topic, whether the NASM can provide the specific resources, and the applicability of the proposal to NASM's work-in-progress series. The winner is expected to reside in the Washington, DC, area for nine months to a year, the academic year generally starting in September and ending by the following August. He or she is also expected to take part in discussions with museum staff and to attend professional seminars and colloquia. Along with access to primary research materials, the winner is given the use of an office, a phone and a computer.
||Gibbs-Smith, Charles HarvardCharles Harvard Gibbs-Smith||Wright brothers|
||Kelsey, Benjamin S.Benjamin S. Kelsey||U.S. aviation in World War II||The Dragon's Teeth?: The Creation of United States Air Power for World War II. Smithsonian Institution Press, 1982|
||Davies, R. E. G. "Ron"R. E. G. "Ron" Davies||Airlines||Airlines of the USA since 1914|
||von Ohain, HansHans von Ohain|
||Anderson, John D.John D. Anderson||History of aerodynamics|
||Fozard, John W.John W. Fozard||History of the lift jet|
||Bilstein, Roger E.Roger E. Bilstein|
||Lewis, W. DavidW. David Lewis|
||Leary, William M.William M. Leary|
||Murray, WilliamsonWilliamson Murray|
||McCurdy, Howard E.Howard E. McCurdy||American space program||Space and the American Imagination, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998|
||Trimble, William F.William F. Trimble||US Navy aviation of the 1950s|
||Kevles, Bettyann HoltzmannBettyann Holtzmann Kevles||Women in space||Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space New York: Basic Books, 2003 (Second edition: MIT Press, 2006)|
||Launius, RogerRoger Launius||Jet engines|
||Erisman, Fred R.Fred R. Erisman|
||Scranton, PhilipPhilip Scranton|
||Krige, JohnJohn Krige||Space policy||American hegemony and the postwar reconstruction of science in Europe. MIT Press, 2006|
||Fleming, James RodgerJames Rodger Fleming|
||Smith, Robert W.Robert W. Smith|
||Farquhar, Robert W.Robert W. Farquhar||Space exploration|
||Logsdon, John M.John M. Logsdon||Space policy and history|
||Slotten, HughHugh Slotten|
||Macleod, RoyRoy Macleod|
||Siddiqi, AsifAsif Siddiqi|
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