Clinton H. Havill

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Clinton Hunter Havill (November 25, 1892 – March 25, 1953) was an early aeronautical engineer who worked in the areas of aerodynamic drag[1] and airships.[2]


He was born on November 25, 1892 in Rochester, New York to Eric E. Havill and Lydia A. Parkes. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1916. He held a commission as a lieutenant commander in the United States Navy. He was the inaugural recipient of the Wright Brothers Medal in 1928 for work on the performance of aircraft propellers. By 1937 he was living in South Orange, New Jersey.[3] He died on March 25, 1953 in his office at Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Carlstadt, New Jersey.[4]


  1. ^ C. H. Havill (1926) The Drag of Airships: Drag of Bare Hulls II, NACA TN-248.
  2. ^ C. H. Havill (1928) Helium Tables, NACA TN-276.
  3. ^ "2,100,000th Patent Granted By Nation". New York Times. November 28, 1937. Retrieved 2012-11-20. "The United States Patent Office has just granted its 2,100,000th patent since the establishment on July 4, 1886, of the modern patent system by an act of Congress which was signed by Andrew Jackson, then President of the United States. ... The inventor is Clinton H. Havill of South Orange, NJ. Mounted in the fuselage of the plane, the device operates without I any attention on the part of the pilot." 
  4. ^ "Clinton H. Havill, Air Engineer, 60. Curtiss-Wright Research Aide, Lecturer at Stevens, Dies. Was Electronics Expert". New York Times. March 26, 1953. Retrieved 2012-11-20. "Clinton H. Havill of 80 ... a research engineer with the Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Carlstadt, died today in his office at the age of 60."